December 06, 2002

Analog Roam's Kenan Hebert has a nice piece up at Glorious Noise, speculating on the magic of Motown and criticizing the new Standing in the Shadows of Motown for paying tribute to the Funk Brothers and Berry Gordy and Holland-Dozier-Holland in an insultingly flaccid, antiseptic way. Haven't seen the movie yet, but I suspect my reaction would be the same. The only thing I take issue with here is Hebert calling out Joan Osborne for being "far too white" -- this statement is loaded with stereotypes about the social codes and characteristics that make someone culturally "white" or "black," and he's wrong for assuming/decreeing that Motown is (not merely historically, but by definition) an exclusively black institution.