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"Motown: The Sound of Young America" Exhibition Coming To Austin's LBJ Library
In celebration of the 60th anniversary of Motown Records, the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin, TX has announced a new exhibition highlighting all facets—music, culture and politics—of the 1960s biggest sounds in soul. "Motown: The Sound of Young America," curated by the GRAMMY Museum, is the first time many of the exhibition’s artifacts have been seen in in a museum setting.
"Motown: The Sound of Young America" opens to fans at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 13, 2019, at the LBJ Presidential Library, located at 2313 Red River Street, Austin, TX, 78705, with a day-long celebration of one of America’s most successful, innovative, and influential labels. The day will open with Motown-themed Yoga on the LBJ Plaza by Practice Yoga, followed by performances by Motown cover band, The Matchmakers, with a mid-day intermission for free slices of Detroit-style pizza from Via 313, and then the afternoon closes with free Longhorn City Limits pregame concerts on the LBJ Lawn in advance of the University of Texas Football Orange-White Game at DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium.
The exhibition closes at 5 p.m. on opening day and is on display in the LBJ Library through January 26, 2020.
"The music of Motown, especially in the 1960s, represents a highwater mark in American music," said Bob Santelli, the exhibition's curator and Founding Executive Director of the GRAMMY Museum. "The long list of number one hits, the incredible stable of stars, and the genius of Berry Gordy, Jr., both as a businessman and nurturer of talent, made Motown one of the most successful and impactful record companies of all time."
The exhibition traces the evolution of the label, focusing on its major artists and musical achievements, and explores how the sound of Motown continues to influence some of pop music's most important artists today. In addition to stage outfits from many of Motown’s top performers, such as The Temptations, The Four Tops, The Miracles, and the Supremes, the exhibition also includes exclusive interviews with many Motown legends, letting visitors get deep inside the creative process perfected at Motown 60 years ago. Visitors will also experience interactive displays, including an opportunity to perform The Supremes' "Stop in the Name of Love" on stage and learn The Temptations’ signature dance moves.
"The LBJ Presidential Library's focus on American life during President Johnson's administration makes us a natural fit to showcase Motown's unprecedented rise and influence on popular culture beginning in the 1960s,” said Nikki Diller, LBJ Library Museum Exhibits Specialist. “Costumes from some of Motown's biggest stars and musical instruments used by the Funk Brothers to help craft the Motown Sound help bring the story behind some of the world's most beloved music to life."