Motown: Music, Money, Sex, and Power

Gerald Posner (Author)

Product Details

Random House Trade
Publish Date
October 11, 2005
5.26 X 0.85 X 8.0 inches | 0.6 pounds
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About the Author

Gerald Posner, a former Wall Street lawyer, is an award-winning author of seven books on subjects ranging from Nazi war criminals, to assassinations, to the lives and careers of politicians. A regular investigative contributor to NBC's Today show and panelist on the History Channel's HistoryCENTER, he lives in Manhattan and Miami with his wife, author Trisha Posner. More information is available at


The book that answers the questions about the Motown nobody knows . . .

- Is there any truth to the rumor that the Mafia grabbed control of Motown after Berry Gordy ran afoul of violent loan sharks?
- Which Motown diva was almost run down by a station wagon after a blowout with a rival?
- How did Hollywood and the film industry sink Motown's film business after the tremendous promise of Lady Sings the Blues?
- What famous star hid from Gordy that he was the father of her first child?
- What was the secret scheme one former executive says the company developed to steal millions of dollars in "suitcases of cash" from artists and songwriters?
- Which Motown star had a violent fight with Gordy on the day JFK was assassinated?
- Was the death of the Temptations' Paul Williams by a single gunshot a suicide, as ruled by coroners, or a murder to silence him, as suspected by some colleagues?