Motown’s Barney Ales Tells Stories About the Legendary Label For the First Time In A Visually Stunning New Book

See hundreds of never before seen photos in a new history of Motown Records

There are a lot of ways to tell the history of the Motown record label. In a new book, author Adam White uses hundreds of photos- many never previously made public- to tell the behind-the-scenes story of the business side of the label. White spoke with WDET’s Amanda LeClaire about working with former Motown President Barney Ales to create the book.



The Gordys and the Aleses in Detroit during the early 60s. Photo courtesy of Barney Ales.




  • Amanda LeClaire
    Amanda LeClaire is an award-winning host and producer of CultureShift on 101.9 WDET-FM Detroit’s NPR station. She’s a founding producer of WDET’s flagship news talk show Detroit Today, and a former host/reporter for Arizona Public Media. Amanda is also an artist, certified intuitive and energy healer, and professional tarot reader.