Motown Museum in Detroit Relives the Legacy of Soul Music

The Motown Museum in the city of Detroit, is a historical place carrying the legacy of a musical movement, which rocked the world. Once a birthplace of many musical stars with super-hit recordings, the building today is filled with the nostalgia of soulful Motown tunes, becoming a must-visit destination for music lovers from around the world.

The History of the Museum

Motown Museum is housed in the bungalow of once known ‘Hitsville USA’. The modest 1950-era bungalow situated on a residential street in an inner-city neighborhood area of Detroit, had become the epicenter of the worldwide cultural revolution brought on by the soul music genre. In 1959, Berry Gordy Jr. invested an $800 family loan to launch ‘Motown Records’, while he was only 27 years old. To make his dream of producing music into reality, young and bold Gordy quit his job at the Ford Motor Co. and purchased accommodation on 2648 W. Grand Boulevard. After moving into the upstairs flat, he converted the downstairs room into a control center and transformed the garage into a fully equipped recording studio, which became the celebrated ‘Studio A.’ This gutsy entrepreneurial gamble of Gordy created an important revolutionary chapter in the history of world music. Giving hope and inspiration to future generations, Gordy had established Motown an ideal model of Black capitalism, pride, and self-expression.

The Tour of the Museum

The hour-long tour of the museum starts upstairs, in the living room, which was the favorite hang-out spot of Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, and other Motown family members. In this very room, Gordy arranged weekly ‘product evaluation meetings.’ Then in Studio A, the thrill continues with the view of the very room that created legendary music. Gordy gave voice to many local Detroit talents and transformed them into singing superstars. Popular artists today often drop by the studio, adding a surprising excitement for the visitors. The gallery next door is decorated with gold and platinum records on the walls and filled with personal iconic belongings donated by the musical legends themselves. Retelling success stories, numerous photos, and newspaper clippings here depict the huge cultural impact of the signature Motown sound.

Recipe of Tasty Tostones for a Quick Snacking

Plantains are plainly tasty. The sliced and deep-fried version of them is even better to munch on at exactly any time. The similar looks can be deceiving, but plantains are actually the savory cousin of sweet bananas and taste nothing like the ripened fruit. It’s full of potassium and good fiber too. Plantain chips or Tostones are a common phenomenon all around Panama and beyond. Shaved skinny like potato chips or sliced nicely thick for a crispy-chewy action, tostones never fail to make your day! So, set aside your regular chips and get your hands on plenty of plantains. Follow these simple quick steps, and snack on!

Ingredients (for 2-4 people)

• 2-3 green plantains • Sea salt • Cracked black pepper • Vegetable oil

Method

• First thing first, peel the plantains. It can be a little tricky. The best way is to cut the top and the bottom of a piece and then to make one or two scores lengthwise. Next, lift up the fruit from these lines, and the peel will come off easily.

• Cut the plantains at a sharp angle. You can cut the pieces thick or thin, as you like. But, the longer and leaner the sides, the crispier and tastier your chips are.

• Just like the French fries, soaking the plantain pieces in cold water for about 15 minutes will give you the extra benefit of removing the excess starch, making your chips crisp up better. This is not a necessary step though.

• If you soak the pieces, then after 15 min drains them and dry them well. Put a deep pan on the stove and heat vegetable oil in enough amount for deep frying. Fry the plantain slices at 375F temperature until golden brown. Then take them out draining well from the oil.

• Add a hefty sprinkle of sea salt. A tad touch of cracked black pepper won’t hurt either.

• Start munching right away! What are you waiting for!