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John Abbey Rare Interview

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Great interview by David Nathan with John Abbey, founder of Blues & Soul magazine. Listen and read John's own account of his journey and passion for soul music. Recorded in London March 2012.


London-born John Abbey's contribution to the world of soul music has never been fully documented: as the creator of Britain's "Blues & Soul" magazine, he was responsible for introducing thousands of readers to the artists who were at the very foundation of soul music. Through his company, Contempo, John brought classic artists like Al Green and Barry White to the UK as well as creating an in-office record store, a record label and producing recordings on deep soul singers like Oscar Toney Jr. and Doris Duke.

After moving to Atlanta in the late '70s, John worked with legends like Curtis Mayfield, Clarence Carter and William Bell through his Ichiban Records. He continues to work in the world of soul music as the manager of The Three Degrees and in this in-depth interview with David Nathan - whose own career owes much to his work with John from the early days of Blues & Soul - John traces his fascinating journey...

To read the rest of the very interesting interview conducted by David Nathan go to......

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This interview brought back so many memories of those times. Lots of laughs too!. Recommended listening.

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