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We here at MODUS are pleased to announce we will be taking our first steps into the world of publishing in November when we launch Keith Rylatt’s epic new book Hitsville! the birth of Tamla Motown.
192 pages, written by Keith, designed by Stuart Russell and lavishly illustrated with dozens of previously unpublished photographs from the Clive Stone Archive, as well as a plethora of ephemera from the era. This must have book will be available from this website and we will be previewing it here at MODUS Central with an exhibition of the original photos, a book signing by Keith and also celebrating with a dance at our usual venue; the Old Kings Head Belper.
Back in the early sixties the sound of Motown was hardly known in the USA let alone Great Britain where there were only a hand full of disjointed record releases until two enthusiasts, Dave Godin and Clive Stone decided to champion the sound of the Motor City. From his suburban bedroom Godin began the Tamla Motown Appreciation Society and he and Clive embarked upon a breathless journey Bringing the Detroit artistes and their music to Britain’s
teenagers. 1964 saw several of these fabulous acts visiting Britain; the Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Kim Weston, Martha & the Vandellas, the Miracles…..which culminated in the company being granted it’s own label, Tamla Motown and the famous Motown Revue touring the UK the following year.
This astonishing book tells the fascinating story of the birth of Tamla Motown in Britain, from Stevie Wonder’s fleeting visit in 1963 and culminating in the appearance of the Four Tops in London in late ’66 a sell-out show that is credited as being the point when the Motown Sound entered Britain’s pop mainstream.
The release date and the exhibition and dance dates will be announced over the next few weeks see our News Page for further details. In the meantime we have posted a few preview pages for your delectation.
We are pleased to report 'Hitsville! The Birth of Tamla Motown' is now with the printers and the launch has been set for 12th November (just in time for Santa's sack). This will take place at The House of Soul, Belper, when the book will be on sale for the first time with a signing by the author Keith Rylatt from 1.00p.m.
We shall also be staging an exhibition consisting of over 70 of Clive's previously unseen original photographs (currently at the framers) and as a one day only bonus giving 10% discount on all our Motown vinyl.
What we are certain is going to be a splendid occasion will be rounded off with a dance in the evening at 'The Old King's Head Belper', with our regular and special guest D.J's (Full line-up to be announced).
We hope that you can make it on the day, get a first look at this amazing book, Clive Stone's astonishing photographs and see what we are up to at Modus, The House of Soul.
The House of Soul