Motown to Salsoul pt.1: Music in the Age of Fordism


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In this week's episode Tim and Jeremy begin the first of a three part series-within-a-series connecting the dots between Motown and Salsoul. We start with Fordism, Antonio Gramsci's term for both the industrial practices of Henry Ford and the wider post-war settlement in which they occurred.
Tim and Jeremy discuss how the experience of Ford's production lines inspired Berry Gordy to create Motown Records, the groups and solo acts birthed by the label, and the emergent cultural norms they both expressed and reacted to. We also hear about the changing patterns of employment for musicians in the post-war era, the bohemia of Jazz and the Beats, and the imminent, embodied and sexual power of Funk.
Tim Lawrence and Jeremy Gilbert are authors, academics, DJs and audiophile dance party organisers. They’ve been friends and collaborators since 1997, teaching together and running parties since 2003. With clubs closed and half their jobs lost to university cuts, they’re inevitably launching a podcast.

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