Adam White has written about music and the music industry for more than 40 years. He was editor-in-chief of US trade magazine Billboard, and co-author of The Billboard Book Of No. 1 R&B Hits.
His liner notes for Heaven Must Have Sent You: The Holland/Dozier/Holland Story were Grammy-nominated in 2005, and he has scripted, presented and appeared in numerous music documentaries on both sides of the Atlantic. These include 1983’s Grammy-nominated The Motown Story and 2005’s The Motown Invasion.
His book on the history of Motown, Heat Wave: Motown and the Sound of Young America, will be published by Thames & Hudson in Spring 2016.
Motown: The Sound of Young America is the definitive, authorised visual history of the Detroit-based independent record company which became a style unto itself, a prolific and hugely successful production line of suave, sassy and sophisticated music through the sixties, seventies and eighties. Featuring extensive, specially commissioned photography of treasures gathered from the archives, this landmark publication also captures the graphic and design iconography which underpinned Motown’s extraordinary creativity. Packed with fresh insights gleaned from scores of interviews with key players, this exceptional, revealing book delves into the workings of the Motown machine and details how a dedicated team of backroom believers, white and black, turned a small family business into a popular music powerhouse. This was the home of Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, Diana Ross & the Supremes, Marvin Gaye, the Jackson 5, the Temptations and many more. Motown: The Sound of Young America is a spectacular labour of love befitting an incredible story.