Peter Benjaminson

Selected Works

The first biography of Mary Wells ever published. Click on the "Mary Wells" link below under "Quick Links" to visit for excerpts, reviews, table of contents, updates, purchase information, etc.
The biography of the founder of the Supremes, who died in poverty. Click on "The Lost Supreme" link under "Quick Links" below to visit this book's website.
The first book ever written on the decline of big-city afternoon newspapers in America.
The first how-to book ever written on investigative reporting.
The first book ever written about the Motown Record Company.
The inside story of the police who root out the criminals among NYC civil servants.

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The Story of Motown

"Right from the prologue, it's evident this isn't going to be a puff piece commissioned by Motown founder and president Berry Gordy, Jr. Benjaminson, formerly a Detroit newspaper reporter, gives a frank appraisal of Gordy's life and his company... [The book] goes a long way toward documenting and explaining the inherent racism in the music business, even showing how Gordy used it to his advantage in forging the immortal Motown Sound, the 'sound of young America.' - SYRACUSE TIMES

"Eminently readable." - DETROIT FREE PRESS

"Benjaminson has collected a huge array of fascinating details about Gordy and his company." - DETROIT NEWS

"Recommended reading... Interesting, educational and, for the many of us who will always have a special love for Motown, even exciting." STEVE HOLSEY, MICHIGAN CHRONICLE.

"A fascinating historical portrait." PACIFIC SUN (Mill Valley, CA)

"A fascinating account of Berry Gordy and Motown Records, perhaps the most successful black business venture in America." COURIER-GAZETTE (Rockland, ME)

"Goes a long way in documenting and explaining the inherent racism in the music business..." SYRACUSE NEW TIMES

"A well researched and very enjoyable look at... Motown Records... a must-have for all Detroit music fans..." CITY SLANG

"A rather fascinating story of a black man's rise in the record business and the stars he both made famous and destroyed." CHATTANOGA NEWS FREE PRESS

"Benjaminson has taken a clear yet affectionate look at one of the major musical institutions in this country. He presents Motown's faults without flinching and acknowledges the company's and Gordy's accomplishments." - MAINE SUNDAY TELEGRAM

"A cohesive history of how Berry Gordy's vision of assembly-line recording evolved into a major cultural force." MEMPHIS COMMERCIAL APPEAL

"Benjaminson holds back nothing, sharing with the reader the thoughts and moods of the various figures who came and went during the early years. He reflects both their enthusiasm and their disillusionment, their talents and their failings, their beginnings and their fates fulfilled." -SOUL MAGAZINE

"Well-written and creditable..." - LIBRARY JOURNAL