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Sad News Dave Godin RIP


Dave Godin died peacefully in his sleep on the morning of Friday October 15th. He had been ill for some time and was fully accepting of his fate, though true to himself he put up a brave fight. by ady croasdell

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Dave was a pioneer of Blackamerican music and soul music in particular throughout his life. The highlights of his endless championing of the cause were his working with Berry Gordy in establishing Tamla Motown as an entity in this country; his passion for, and the coining of, the genres Northern Soul and Deep Soul and his series of four CDs of “Dave Godin’s Deep Soul Treasures” which he claimed were the proudest achievements of his life. He was the world’s foremost soul music journalist for many years and wrote intelligently and illuminatingly on the subject, particularly in his Blues and Soul magazine column in the 60s and 70s. His grasp and understanding of Blackamerican social and political life gave him an insightful perspective on the music that made his writing so vital.

He was also a renowned expert on films and a passionate Animal Rights activist as well as being a committed anarchist, vegan, pro-life, Esperanto speaker and supporter of the Jain religion.

Details of his funeral will be posted as soon as we have them. It is hoped that there will be a celebratory soul dance on the evening of the funeral.

Cards can be sent to

Dave Godin in memorium

27 Clifton Crescent South


S Yorks

S65 2AR

Dave wished any donations to be sent to:

Dr Elizabeth Svendsen

The Donkey Sanctuary



EX10 0NU


Cheques payable to the Donkey Sanctuary

We have set up a message board for any thoughts or reminiscences on Dave’s life at the 6TS website www.6ts.info The direct link is http://pub18.bravenet.com/guestbook/1467978738

A fuller obituary will be released after the weekend.

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