Come and Get These Memories



As the creative force behind Berry Gordy Jr. s Motown Records in the mid-Sixties, a writing credit from Holland Dozier Holland was virtually a guarantee of chart success. From Stop! In The Name Of Love to How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You, they were the songwriting and production dream team responsible for some of the greatest songs of the twentieth century.

In this compelling autobiography, brothers Eddie and Brian Holland share their story for the first time, starting with growing up in Detroit raised by a single mother and their grandmother, before shining a light on their early musical careers. A gifted lyricist, Eddie started out as a solo singer with Berry Gordy as his manager before partnering up with Brian and Lamont Dozier, both talented arrangers and producers.

When Holland Dozier Holland came together, they helped transform Motown Records from a local soul label into a worldwide hit factory, home to international superstars such as Marvin Gaye, Martha & The Vandellas, The Supremes, Smokey Robinson, The Miracles, The Four Tops and The Isley Brothers. After an awe-inspiring tenure they left Motown in 1968, continuing their successes at new labels and with new collaborators for years to come.

Featuring honest and open first-hand accounts, Come and Get These Memories is more than just a behind-the-scenes look at Motown Records at its peak: Eddie and Brian set the record straight on both their personal and professional lives and offer a revealing slice of pop-music history.

Published 10th October 2019

336 pages

Price £20.00  $29.99

About the author:

Dave Thompson is the author of over 150 books, including co-written memoirs with New York Doll Sylvain Sylvain, Motown legends Brian and Eddie Holland (forthcoming), Hawkwind s Nik Turner, the Yardbirds Jim McCarty, Fairport Convention s Judy Dyble and more. A columnist for Goldmine magazine, his work has also appeared in Rolling Stone, Alternative Press, Mojo, Record Collector and many other major publications. He has contributed to music documentaries produced by VH-1, A&E, the BBC and others. Born in the UK, Thompson is now a resident of Delaware, USA.

Additional information

Weight 0.649 kg
Dimensions 23.4 × 15.6 × 1.7 cm


For once a book about Motown or its stakeholders gives a true and fair opinion of people that lived the company's history from inside. I learned a lot, especially about the reasons of the dispute between Gordy and Eddie Holland which led to their "divorce" in 1967… and the love affair between Diana Ross and Brian Holland… The only downsizes are the absence of Lamont Dozier in the writing of the book and the limited information about the Invictus/Hot-Wax years. Otherwise, just excellent. I strongly recommend, especially to Motown lovers.
Have had this book a day and a half and now it feels like one of my most favorite CD compilations on my shelf. I can open it anywhere and read an observant and honest reminiscence about one of the songs I have loved for a lifetime. Like flipping through a CD and coming up on a treasured song every random track you listen to. They are to be honored forever for inspiring the love of music in each and every one of us. I have also ordered Lamont Dozier’s separate book.