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The Temptations were named the "#1 R&B/Hip Hop Artists of All Time" by Billboard Magazine in 2017. They are one of the most iconic, best-selling brands in the entertainment world today, and their journey is one of the most extraordinary stories of the 20th and 21st centuries. 

The Temptations' heritage, influence, and contributions to American culture and the global music landscape is undeniable. The group produced some of the greatest music of our era and it transcends generations. Through the years, the group's trademark razor-sharp choreography, finely tuned harmonies, and compelling vocals made them the exemplars of the Motown sound. Their story is one of courage, struggle, triumphs, setbacks, and ultimately, international superstardom. 

As told by its founder, this is the frank, revealing story of the legendary supergroup, that is the source of the Emmy-winning television miniseries Temptations and the smash hit Broadway musical Ain't Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations, which won the 2019 Tony Award for Best Choreography.

©1988 Otis Williams (P)2020 Tantor

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A story about music greatness!

If you love music, and history this is a must listen too! A history of one of the greatest ever! Their moves, sounds, and style are documented perfectly.

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History in the making

What a wonderful edition to the magic of the Motown story. Growing up during this period and watching my youthful parents listening and dancing to the sound of young America, I now understand how this music could have help made their lives more bearable during this turbulent era in world history. This rendering is honest, open and heartfelt. Thanks big O

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Reminiscing in music greatness

I thoroughly enjoyed this audio book- slow start but, fascinating to learn about what the Temptations went through from beginning to end on a personal and group level- health wise and personal trajectories as well as what it took traveling and the hardships they endured to survive as a group ‼️

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Excellent

I really appreciate this book by Otis Williams for sharing he fond memories with us.

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Classic Motown Tale

Really enjoyed this Motown reflection. Got a lot of respect for Otis and what he’s done for music. Real fun read.

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Temptations, Forever!

This was one of the best autobiography books I've ever read and goes in depth!

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Very Classy Story

l loved hearing this story. I am such a loyal Temptations fan. The story so well told & With class.

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  • 05-26-20

Interesting if you are a fan

I love the Temptations so I was interested in the story, but I have the feeling there is a much better book about them but that could be written. Understandably, Otis Williams doesn’t want to give too much away that might not paint them in a flattering light. The narration is okay, but it’s an actor and it just had the same kind of repetitive tone and expression after a while. For me it’s not quite the same with an autobiography when it’s not the author reading it.

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  • Ian C.
  • 05-09-20

Superb book

Loved it but chapter seven or eight has a problem with jumping back and forth