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How Sweet It Is
How Sweet It Is

How Sweet It Is

A Songwriter's Reflections on Music, Motown and the Mystery of the Muse


280 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Cloth

Cloth, $27.99 (US $27.99) (CA $36.99)

Publication Date: November 2019

ISBN 9781947026315

Rights: WOR

BMG Books (Nov 2019)

Not Yet Published. Estimated release date: November 2019


A candid, behind-the-scenes look at the life of a Motown legend—Songwriters and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Lamont Dozier

As part of Motown's legendary songwriting and production team, Holland-Dozier-Holland, Lamont Dozier is responsible for such classics as "Baby I Need Your Loving," "You Can't Hurry Love," "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)," "Stop! In the Name of Love," "Heat Wave," "Where Did Our Love Go," "Reach Out I'll Be There," "Come See About Me" and many more. After leaving Motown he continued to make his mark with hits like "Give Me Just a Little More Time," "Band of Gold," and "Two Hearts," a chart-topping Phil Collins single that earned the pair an Academy Award nomination and a Grammy win. In How Sweet It Is, Lamont reveals the moments that inspired some of his timeless songs—and pulls back the curtain on what it was like at Hitsville and he and his colleagues created "the sound of young America." Lamont shares his struggles of growing up in Detroit and navigating an unstable family life to pursue his passion for music. He takes us behind the scenes of the Motown machine, sharing personal stories of his encounters with such icons as Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, and Berry Gordy. He details the rise of own artistic career, his business and legal struggles, and the personal triumphs and tragedies that defined him, both professionally and personally. Though he's racked up more than one hundred Top 10 singles on the Billboard charts, been inducted into both the Songwriters and Rock & Roll Halls of Fame, and been named among Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time," Lamont continues to write music every day. Having pursued the mystery of the songwriting muse for many years, his stories are interwoven with invaluable insights, tips, and wisdom on the art and craft of songwriting that will inspire the creative spark in all of us.

Author Biography

Having penned over 100 Top 10 singles on the Billboard charts, Lamont Dozier is one of the most successful songwriters of all time. His list of hits includes "You Can't Hurry Love," "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)," "It's the Same Old Song," "Baby I Need Your Loving," "Reach Out I'll Be There," "Baby Love," "This Old Heart of Mine," "Where Did Our Love Go," "Nowhere to Run," "You Can't Hurry Love," "Heatwave," "You Keep Me Hangin' On," "Stop! In the Name of Love," "Give Me Just a Little More Time," and "Two Hearts," which earned him and co-writer Phil Collins a Grammy, a Golden Globe, and an Oscar nomination. Lamont is in the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. He is the recipient of the prestigious Johnny Mercer Award for songwriting, as well as the BMI Icon award. Additionally, he was named among Rolling Stone magazine's "100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time." Scott B. Bomar is an award-winning writer who has authored or co-authored five books, including Every Night is Saturday Night (with Wanda Jackson) and Southbound: An Illustrated History of Southern Rock. He earned a Grammy nomination for his liner notes to the rockabilly compilation The Other Side of Bakersfield, and co-hosts the podcast, Songcraft: Spotlight on Songwriters. He was raised in Nashville and currently lives in Los Angeles.