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KB MIND OVER MATTER: The Myths & Mysteries of Detroit's Fortune Records (Kicks Books)


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MIND OVER MATTER : THE MYTHS AND MYSTERIES OF DETROIT'S FORTUNE RECORDS by Billy Miller and Michael Hurtt (Kicks Books KHB-1) ISBN: 978-1-940157-14-6 

Massive 576 pages - full color - hardcover - ltd first edition. The ultimate story about the lae, great Fortune Records, the Detroit label that continues to inspire and excite the imagination.  We hope this book will hold a treasured place in your home and that when you read it, you will flash to the "truly great music" of Fortune.   







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    Posted by on 4th Apr 2022

    I have just newly received this book, have not actually read it yet so therefore my 5-star rating does not apply to the written content. It applies to the product as a whole: obviously, a tremendous labor of love. It is full of illustrated energy; virtually every page has a photo or illustration. Several tons of research must have gone into this. It is an astounding tribute to Fortune Records and an inspiration.

  2. fine book 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 20th Dec 2021

    When I received this and saw Bill Randle, the famous Cleveland DJ, when I first opened it, my day was made. I was born in 1942 in Cleveland and grew up in Painesville and in Euclid where I had the good luck to hear him and Mad Daddy. This added some luster and happiness to my drab teenage years. Thanks so much for this labor of love which I became aware of due to the fine profile of Miriam Linna in the NEW YORKER which my wife pointed out.

  3. FORTUNATE 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 23rd Nov 2021

    Have not cracked open the book yet but my friend John told me it's the best. Mike has been on my radar for a long time. Watching him play on Franklin Ave. one night by the stage in a big easy chair a tipsy young babe fell in my lap. The band almost fell off the stage laughing. FORTUNATE!


    Posted by on 30th Sep 2021

    Best book ever published about a record label has extensive facts & information along with a treasure trove of color label photographs as well as historical photographs and period advertising reprints.
    Absolutely a MUST for any serious record aficionado/historian. Obviously a labor of love

  5. Must do reading 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 1st Sep 2021

    GREAT. Had to be hundreds of hours of research. Very interesting and should be in all 50's record collectors shelf.


    Posted by on 25th Jun 2021

    This is probably one of the best ever books about 20th Century American Music. Fortune Records which recorded Blues / R&B / Rockabilly / Doo-Wop / Hillbilly / Soul from 1946 up into The Nineties, was beholden to no one. Husband & Wife team Jack & Devora Brown released some of the most wonderful 45s ever recorded. This lavishly illustrated book is a labour of love for the late Billy Miller with assistance from Michael Hurtt. Miraculously despite Miller's death in 2016, Miriam Linna's Kicks Books has finally published this essential piece of musical history. Don't miss it!!!!!

  7. Iconic book fitting an iconic label 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 23rd Apr 2021

    Fortune is one of those vintage R&B labels fans and collectors obsess about, with its releases spanning styles, trends, and even genres. At a mighty 500+ pages, Mind over Matter unlocks the Fortune mystique in mind-blowing detail—deep oral histories from artists and devotees, color label pix, and tons of memorabilia from the label’s people, places, and things. Casual and studio shots of the acts, trade-paper ads and reviews, pictures of clubs and neighborhood streets—it’s all here. You’ll want to eat lunch with Jack and Devora, and hang out with Nolan and Andre at the Twenty Grand. An indispensable musical and social portrait of Detroit, preserving a near-vanished era of independent labels.

  8. Thank you for doing this 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 8th Apr 2021

    I grew with bits and pieces of the Fortune story. My dad who was born and raised in Detroit, had bought records there, and almost certainly drove me past it on more than one occasion. I knew Johnnie Bassett had recorded sides along with Andre Williams. And I knew that George Clinton (yes, that one) had recorded a single with Johnny Powers for Schoolkids Records in the 90s. The latter being a puzzle that I couldn't begin to find the context to comprehend. Then along comes this incredible book that fills in a huge chunk of Detroit musical history, and I see that the Fortune Records story is the context.

    I can't recommend this book highly enough. The picture of John Lee Hooker turning out for the United Steel Workers Local 311 Baseball team is worth the price alone.

  9. Mind Blowing information 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 7th Apr 2021

    Wow this book is #1 classy!!
    A book you will be proud to have on your self.
    Well written and photos galore.

  10. Wonderful book! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 6th Apr 2021

    I read a recent article about Miriam Linna in The New Yorker Magazine and I quickly decided I *had* to buy this book. I received it yesterday, and it's as great (or perhaps even better) than I'd expected. I LOVE the (many) photos (some of which are in sepia) and the many colorful posters. Although it will take me awhile to read the whole book, I can tell from just skimming it that I'll thoroughly enjoy it.

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