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You Have The Write Stuff!

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Write Stuff Writers's Conference LogoJust in case you haven’t heard, the UAPL, UA LifeLong Learning, and UA Cultural Arts have teamed up to host a writing event this Saturday, November 14. There’s still time to register for the Write Stuff, but if you aren’t going to be able to make it, check out some of the creative writing resources we have available year-round! Here are a few of the highlights:

  • Check out the Literary Arts Directory, an up-to-date collection of local resources published by UA Cultural Arts.
  • The clock has already started on NaNoWriMo, but there’s still plenty of time left - take the challenge to write and complete your novel this month! When November ends, you can still find great information in the forums.
  • If you want to improve your writing technique, we have many, many books to help you!

Head on Back to Motown

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The SupremesDriving into work today, I was listening to Motown. Once I finally stopped singing “Dancing Machine” by The Jackson Five (which drew some stares from the other drivers), I got to thinking maybe other people are as curious about the history of Motown as I am. And since there is no place better to dig up information than our Reference databases, that’s where I started.

In 1959, songwriter Barry Gordy, Jr. started the Tamla label using an $800 loan from his family. In 1960 Tamla became incorporated as Motown Records, which is a blending of “motor town,” a nickname for Detroit, where it all started. Gordy’s plan for his label was to bring African American music to the mainstream and make it popular for both black and white audiences. He had a policy of using the same teams of songwriters and producers, the same musicians and the same studio for virtually every recording, which resulted in the distinctive sound that has made Motown so recognizable throughout the years. Some of the more well-known Motown artists were:

Motown was extremely successful and lasted just over a decade until it moved from Detroit to Los Angeles and gradually lost many of its artists to more popular music, and therefore lost its distinctive sound. Be sure to check our Media department for recordings of this great music, and if you have any further questions on Motown (or anything else!) be sure to stop by our Reference Department today and if you could get here in the next ten minutes, you may just catch me singing “Standing in the Shadows of Love” by the Four Tops!