motown en "Ready for a Brand New Beat" by Mark Kurlansky <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"</span>Callin<span style="line-height: 1.5;">' out around the world, are you ready for a brand new beat?" This is the opening line to the 1964 signature Motown hit "Dancing in the Street" by Martha Reeves and the </span>Vandellas<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a beloved tune canonized in American popular music with recordings by everyone from Mick </span>Jagger<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and David Bowie to Van </span>Halen<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>In his newest book, <a href=""><em>Ready For a Brand New Beat</em></a>, author Mark Kurlansky makes the compelling argument that this song changed America forever.</p><p>Famous for telling a grand historical story through the lens of a single-and often unlikely-subject, Kurlansky now turns his astute cultural eye on this popular tune, examining its intersection with the civil rights movement and a tumultuous period in American history, and underscoring the role that popular music can play in the genesis of greater social movements.</p><p> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 15:12:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 69730 at "Ready for a Brand New Beat" by Mark Kurlansky Brandon Victor Dixon in "Motown: The Musical" on Broadway <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.5;"><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Motown: The Musical</em> </a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">is the real story of the one-of-a-kind sound that hit the airwaves in 1959 and changed our culture forever. This exhilarating show charts Motown founder Berry Gordy's incredible journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, </span>Smokey<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Robinson, Marvin Gaye and so many more.</span></p><p>Featuring all the classics you love, the show tells the story behind the hits as Diana, Smokey, Berry and the whole Motown family fight against the odds to create the soundtrack that changed America.</p><p> Fri, 31 May 2013 15:35:00 +0000 Sarah LaDuke 66016 at Brandon Victor Dixon in "Motown: The Musical" on Broadway Bettye LaVette <p>It seems like Bettye LaVette's time has finally come. Thu, 13 Dec 2012 14:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 53830 at Bettye LaVette Otis Williams from The Temptations <p>Legendary Motown group, <a href="">The Temptations</a>, will be at <a href="">The Mahaiwe</a> in Great Barrington, MA this Sunday, December 2nd at 7pm.</p><p>Otis Williams joins us to talk about still singing those seminal songs after all of these years.</p> Thu, 29 Nov 2012 15:50:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 52943 at Otis Williams from The Temptations