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Rhythm Ride

Rhythm Ride

A Road Trip Through the Motown Sound

Andrea Davis Pinkney

Roaring Brook Press


From award-winning author Andrea Davis Pinkney comes the story of the music that defined a generation and a movement that changed the world.

Berry Gordy began Motown in 1959 with an $800 loan from his family. He converted the garage of a residential house into a studio and recruited teenagers from the neighborhood-like Smokey Robinson, Mary Wells, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, and Diana Ross-to sing for his new label. Meanwhile, the country was on the brink of a cultural revolution, and one of the most powerful agents of change in the following decade would be this group of young black performers from urban Detroit. From Berry Gordy and his remarkable vision to the Civil Rights movement, from the behind-the-scenes musicians, choreographers, and song writers to the most famous recording artists of the century, Andrea Davis Pinkney takes readers on a Rhythm Ride through the story of Motown.

Kansas State Reading Circle, ALSC Notable Children's Books, Booklist Editors' Choice



I've got my pulse on all the roads. And side streets. And avenues. And alleyways.

You see, I steer the beat. That's why they call me the Groove.


Praise for Rhythm Ride

“A well-crafted spin that will reverberate in the hearts of music, African American culture, and history buffs.” —School Library Journal, starred review

“Veteran author Pinkney takes readers on a road trip to Motownin a book that catches the excitement of Hitsville U.S.A.” —Booklist, starred review

“An ebullient, wonderfully told introduction to music that had an indelible influence on a generation and its times.” —Kirkus

"Pinkney [...] delivers a memorable spin on Motown’s unparalleled cultural and musical heritage." —The Washington Post


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Andrea Davis Pinkney

Andrea Davis Pinkney is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 20 books for children, many of them illustrated by her husband Brian Pinkney. She lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York.

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