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The Northern Soul Scene
Studies in Popular Music
The Northern Soul scene is a dance-based music culture that originated in the English North and Midlands in the early 1970s, it still thrives today with a mix of fifty-year olds and new converts, and its celebration of 1960s Soul has an international following. This innovative and distinctive book brings together original commissioned essays and pivotal scholarly articles that have defined the field so far, interspersed with dossiers of published journalistic articles and photographs, and interviews with, for instance, producers and directors of Northern Soul-themed films. This publication represents a subject-defining book on the history and contemporary nature of the scene, and the first anthology of work in the field, which will provide a forum for vibrant dialogue and debate for a readership of lecturers and researchers, students and general readers interested in creative analyses and interpretations of the scene, past and present. The book links academic research, photography, film production and journalism in the documentation and analysis of historic and current music scenes. Representations of the scene from different media and different historical locations are juxtaposed to construct a rich and diverse statement about the music, people, places and practices that constitute the Northern Soul scene in the UK.
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"Collecting a mass of data from contributors, interviews with several generations of dancers, and diverse perspectives and conclusions on the Northern Soul scene, a rich and highly informative book developed. It shows the many differing opinions on DJs, stories, the movement's history, legendary performers and aspects of relationships, gender and fashion. . . . The book's data is mostly new and so are the texts and essays; however, there are some older texts on the theme included, that provide a good introduction (then and now) to northern soul research. . . . This title is some kind of a revelation, as it easily combines academic research with interviews and fans' stories on a large scale, leading to massive amounts of data. . . . Recommended reading through and through." --Dr. A. Ebert, popcultureshelf.com, 2019.