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  1. Just had word of this new mainstream motown book... Motown Encyclopedia by Graham Betts Three years in the planning and writing and already an international best seller*, the Motown Encyclopedia by Graham Betts is one of the most detailed books ever written about the iconic label, its artists, writers, producers and key personnel. Rather than follow the Motown story in chronological order, the book gives every artist who had a record released (and in some cases merely scheduled for release) their own biography, including those whose only Motown connection was a track on a soundtrack or compilation. To these are added the key executives who ran the label from its formation in 1959 through to its sale in 1988, the musicians who made the famed Motown sound and the writers and producers who came up with the goods on a regular basis. Every single and album that made the Top Ten (and, for British fans, those EPS that similarly made the Top Ten when there was a separate chart) in either the UK or US is given an entry, as well as the soundtracks that were issued on Motown. There are entries for every film instigated by Motown Productions and details of the various label imprints, both those within Motown as well as those outside the organisation that licensed repertoire from or to Motown. The 1,178 entries, therefore, feature: 684 Artists 13 Executives 16 Musicians 23 Producers 19 Writers 222 Singles 84 Albums 5 EPs 17 Soundtracks 9 Films 50 Labels 36 Other The book, which contains nearly half a million words, details virtually every aspect of Motown, the Sound of Young America that resonated around the world. Yesterday, Today, Forever. ABOUT THE AUTHOR — GRAHAM BETTS As a Press Officer for Pye Records and later CBS Records in London, Graham handled the publicity for several former Motown artists, including Gladys Knight & The Pips and Edwin Starr whilst with Pye (through their licences with Buddah and 20th Century Records respectively) and would work with Gladys Knight & The Pips (again!), Billy Griffin and Marvin Gaye whilst at CBS Records. As a journalist for Melody Maker, Blues & Soul, Record Buyer and several other outlets, he has interviewed many Motown greats, including Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, The Temptations, The Commodores, Hal Davis, High Inergy and Harvey Fuqua, among others. During the course of writing the Motown Encyclopedia, he has re-acquainted himself with many former Motown artists, checking facts and feats and getting the background stories to some of the greatest music ever produced. In short, nearly forty years of music industry experience has resulted in the definitive book about Motown. RELEASE INFORMATION: Publication Date: 2 June 2014 ISBN: 9781311441546 Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/446043 Apple URL: http://smarturl.it/MotownEncyclopedia ASIN: B00KQGSHNU Amazon URL: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Motown-Encyclopedia-Graham-Betts Publisher: AC Publishing *#1 in its genre on Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.ca and Amazon.fr
  2. News/Article/Feature Highlight: Just had word of this new mainstream motown book... View full article
  3. Do Not Sell At Any Price: The Wild, Obsessive Hunt for the World's Rarest 78rpm Records A kindle highlight of a book that just may hit some buttons seeing it concerns itself with a subject that could be termed close... Here's the release blurb The untold story of a quirky and important subculture: The world of 78rpm records and the insular community that celebrates them–by acclaimed music critic and author Amanda Petrusich, who contributes regularly to Pitchfork, The Oxford American, and The New York Times. Before MP3s, CDs, and cassette tapes, even before LPs or 45s, the world listened to music on 78rpm records–those fragile, 10-inch shellac discs. While vinyl records have enjoyed a renaissance in recent years, good 78s are exponentially harder to come by and play. A recent eBay auction for the only known copy of a particular record topped out at $37,100. Do Not Sell at Any Price explores the rarified world of the 78rpm record–from the format’s heyday to its near extinction–and how collectors and archivists are working frantically to preserve the music before it’s lost forever. Through fascinating historical research and beguiling visits with the most prominent 78 preservers, Amanda Petrusich offers both a singular glimpse of the world of 78 collecting and the lost backwoods blues artists whose 78s from the 1920s and 1930s have yet to be found or heard by modern ears. We follow the author’s descent into the oddball fraternity of collectors–including adventures with Joe Bussard, Chris King, John Tefteller, Pete Whelan, and more–who create and follow their own rules, vocabulary, and economics and explore the elemental genres of blues, folk, jazz, and gospel that gave seed to the rock, pop, country, and hip-hop we hear today. From Thomas Edison to Jack White, Do Not Sell at Any Price is an untold, intriguing story of preservation, loss, obsession, art, and the evolution of the recording formats that have changed the ways we listen to (and create) music. - See more at: http://books.simonandschuster.com/Do-Not-Sell-At-Any-Price/Amanda-Petrusich/9781451667059#sthash.Vgt0Rb7W.dpuf
  4. The Invisible Man: The Story of Rod Temperton, the 'Thriller' Songwriter Hardcover – 1 Jun 2017 by Jed Pitman (Author) Out this month via both kindle and hardcover editions, can view the Kindle preview below Blurb The Invisible Man tells the remarkable story of how Rod Temperton worked his way up from a Grimsby fish factory to become one of the most successful songwriters of all time. Born in Cleethorpes in 1949, Temperton embarked on a career in music with the funk band Heatwave, for whom he wrote the international hits ‘Boogie Nights’ and ‘Always and Forever’, before his songwriting talent caught the attention of Michael Jackson’s legendary producer, Quincy Jones. For Jackson’s Off the Wall album, Temperton penned both the hit ‘Rock with You’ and the album’s title track. Three years later, continuing his relationship with the pair, Temperton started work on what would become the bestselling album of all time – Michael Jackson’s Thriller – writing three songs, including the now legendary title track. And yet despite collaborating with some of music’s biggest stars, including Donna Summer and Michael McDonald, Temperton was famously reclusive and seldom gave interviews, one of the exceptions being for author Jed Pitman’s Sony Award-winning radio documentary on Temperton allowed him unprecedented access to the great man. About the Author Jed Pitman is a radio producer and author. He produced the documentary The Invisible Man: The Rod Temperton Story for BBC Radio 2, which won a host of awards, including a Sony Award for best documentary. He co-wrote former England cricketer Chris Lewis' autobiography Crazy (The History Press, 2017).
  5. Out last month 'In The Midnight Hour The Life & Soul of Wilson Pickett ' has been receiving good reviews from a variety of sources. It's written by Tony Fletcher, published by Oxford University Press and is now available via the usual supects via hardcover and kindle editions. Details and live preview follow below... In In the Midnight Hour, veteran music journalist and biographer Tony Fletcher not only tells the full story of Wilson Pickett's incredible career, and troubled life, but goes beyond the individual anecdotes to illustrate how Pickett's journey - geographic, musical, and cultural - was emblematic of both that of his generation of southern black men, and that of black American music in the second half of the twentieth century. Reviews Fletcher's account of this fractious and extraordinary man is enthralling and rigorously researched ... captivating book. (Mark Ellen, The Sunday Times) a captivating account of the wild, pugnacious and swaggering soul singer Wilson Pickett. (Must Reads, The Sunday Times) Fletcher's analysis and descriptions of Pickett's music are enthralling ... he does what any good music biographer should, and sends the reader back to the records. (Monkey Picks) About the Author Tony Fletcher is the best-selling author of major biographies on Keith Moon, the Smiths, and R.E.M., as well as a memoir, a novel, and a history of the New York City music scene. Born in northern England, and raised in South London, where he started his own music magazine at the age of thirteen, he emigrated to New York City in the late 1980s. When not traveling with his family, he makes his home near Woodstock in the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York. (A contributor to Salon and the Wall Street Journal, his writing has also appeared in Mojo, Rolling Stone, the New York Times, Spin, Newsday and countless other publications.)
  6. Young Soul Rebels: A Personal History of Northern Soul Just a heads up if you have been waiting for this book. Blurb: Young Soul Rebels is the latest book from Stuart Cosgrove and has just been published recently, it does appears that the planned release date was pushed forward Northern soul is the ultimate underground music scene. Hidden away from the mainstream, it has defied the logic of fashion and outlasted more visible youth culture movements such as punk and rave. Author Stuart Cosgrove is an insider who has been a well-known collector on the scene for decades. Here he takes the reader on a rollercoaster journey to the stubborn heart of soul music's secret society and the legendary clubs that became the cathedrals of rare soul: the Twisted Wheel in Manchester, the Golden Torch in Stoke, Wigan Casino, the Top of the World in Stafford, and the evergreen 100 Club. As in the author's cult book Detroit 67, Young Soul Rebels tells a wider social history, looking at the all-nighters and the flamboyant characters who shaped the scene, the obsessive collecting of rare vinyl, the amphetamine abuse, police raids on soul clubs, the north–south divide, the Yorkshire Ripper murders, the miners' strike, the collapse of the industrial north, bootlegging and the rise of new technologies, which against all expectations have breathed new life into the scene. This is a candid and witty story of the cult they couldn't tame. Young Soul Rebels nails a scene that is as popular today as it was in its heyday in the 1970s. Stuart Cosgrove, originally from Perth, was a fanzine writer on the northern soul scene before joining the black music paper Echoes, as a staff writer. He became media editor with the NME and a feature writer for a range of newspapers and magazines. A graduate of Hull University, he completed a PhD in modern American theatre history. In 2005 he was named Broadcaster of the Year in the Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Awards and in 2012 he won numerous awards including a BAFTA and Royal Television Society award for Channel 4’s coverage of the London Paralympics 2012. Both Paperback and Kindle Versions now available (use link below for kindle preview) More info via the links below Review A featured review by Dave Rimmer is planned to follow this Monday all being well
  7. I've just written a Northern Soul Quiz Book for Kindle - basically 100 Northern Soul related multiple choice questions for 99p. I've tried to cover a few different themes within the genre, hopefully it will entertain both casual fan and ardent soulie alike. I think it possibly works best with two people or more playing. Amazon Blurb: Book Description Publication Date: 25 May 2015 Northern Soul is more than a music genre, from dancing at all-nighters in hot, sweaty clubs on wooden floors sprinkled with talcum powder to the eternal hunt for a rare, prized 45. The holdalls festooned with patches of unforgettable club nights as badges of honour. The loyal old guard and the new adherents, brought together by all those life affirming, timeless songs. This quiz is for anyone with an interest in Northern Soul, whether you're a devoted soulie with an enviable vinyl collection or a casual fan who wants to find out more about the scene. I hope this collection of 100 multiple-choice questions will bring you much enjoyment. Just how much do you know about Northern Soul? There's nothing else to say but...start the quiz to find out!! Regards David Jackson
  8. The upcoming book 'Detroit 67' written by Stuart Cosgrove has in a short time picked up some glowing reports here on Soul Source. So am sure that this the on site 'look inside' kindle preview post will be of interest to a fair few readers out there. The Kindle version is priced at £5.19 - Just need to hit he cover image below to purchase Also it has been reported that the paperback version may now be available from some outlets ahead of its planned release date. You can read the comments on the original news post to find more info/details/advice on current purchasing from the author/member himself Detroit 67 is the story of the city of Detroit in the most dramatic and creative year in its history. It is the story of Motown, the breakup of The Supremes and the implosion of the most successful African-American record label ever, set against a backdrop of urban riots, escalating war in Vietnam and police corruption. The book weaves through the year as counterculture arrives in Detroit and the city's other famous group the proto-punk band MC5 go to war with mainstream America. The year ends in intense legal warfare as the threads that bind Detroit together unravel and leave a chaos that scars the city for decades to come.
  9. News/Article/Feature Highlight: Just a heads up if you have been waiting for this book. View full article
  10. News/Article/Feature Highlight: Do Not Sell At Any Price: The Wild, Obsessive Hunt for the World's Rarest 78rpm Records... View full article
  11. An occasional series where the site makes the most out of the amazon "look inside" to provide some heads up reading on both old and new books available on kindle This time its a freebasing based look at a recent one The Hacienda: How Not to Run a Club Release Date: 14 Oct 2013 Peter Hook, as co-founder of Joy Division and New Order, has been shaping the course of popular music for thirty years. He provided the propulsive bass guitar melodies of 'Love Will Tear Us Apart' and the bestselling 12-inch single ever, 'Blue Monday' among many other songs. As co-owner of Manchester's Hacienda club, Hook propelled the rise of acid house in the late 1980s, then suffered through its violent fall in the 1990s as gangs, drugs, greed and a hostile police force destroyed everything he and his friends had created. This is his memory of that era and 'it's far sadder, funnier, scarier and stranger' than anyone has imagined. As young and naive musicians, the members of New Order were thrilled when their record label Factory opened a club. Yet as their career escalated, they toured the world and had top ten hits, their royalties were being ploughed into the Hacienda and they were only being paid GBP20 per week. Peter Hook looked back at that exciting and hilarious time to write HACIENDA. All the main characters appear - Tony Wilson, Barney, Shaun Ryder - and Hook tells it like it was - a rollercoaster of success, money, confusion and true faith.
  12. The Voyage Of The Dynamo: Crate Digging In Outer Space A humorous romp through the Galaxy in search of an elusive rare soul record; or it might be about Manchester clubland in the 1980's. I don't know I only wrote it. Hi Kittens, Well after 12 years I've finally finished the book and while trying to find an agent to get a paper type artifact published I've made it available on Amazon Kindle. This is not your typical soul book but those of you who remember my stuff from B+S, Echoes, Mixmag, Shades Of Soul etc. wouldn't expect that. hope you enjoy DEAN added by site Publisher: Dean Johnson; First edition (2 July 2013) Out now via kindle @ £2.03 To purchase use links below Note: Can also use the below to preview read in place
  13. Otis Redding: An Unfinished Life Already featuring in bestseller charts the Kindle version of this recent published book is now available both to purchase and preview The release blurb follows below, and the Kindle preview after The long-awaited, definitive biography of The King of Soul, timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Redding's iconic performance at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival. In Otis Redding: An Unfinished Life, Jonathan Gould finally does justice to Redding’s incomparable musical artistry, drawing on exhaustive research, the cooperation of the Redding family, and previously unavailable sources of information to present the first comprehensive portrait of the singer’s background, his upbringing, and his professional career. In chronicling the story of Redding’s life and music, Gould also presents a social history of the time and place from which they emerged. His book never lets us forget that the boundaries between black and white in popular music were becoming porous during the years when racial tensions were reaching a height throughout the United States. His indelible portrait of Redding and the mass acceptance of soul music in the 1960s is both a revealing look at a brilliant artist and a provocative exploration of the tangled history of race and music in America that resonates strongly with the present day. Format: Kindle Edition File Size: 46694 KB Print Length: 546 pages Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0307453944 Publisher: Crown Archetype (16 May 2017) Reviews 'Nuanced and well-researched.... [Otis Redding] belongs in the hands of anyone who cares about soul music in the sixties.' Booklist 'In his biography of Otis Redding, Jonathan Gould summons up the teeming cast of hustlers, visionaries, and eccentrics who fed Otis' supernatural talent. It's a thrill to see Redding brought back to life in all his raw, flashing glory!' David Dalton, founding editor, Rolling Stone, and author of Who Is That Man? 'A music biography with the depth to do its subject justice. Otis Redding (1941-1967) ranks high in the pantheon of 1960s musical luminaries, so it's fitting that [Otis Redding] ranks equally high among such work focusing on popular musical artists.... Better late than never, the soul master receives his considerable due in this superbly researched and written biography' Kirkus (starred review)
  14. Preview of the Kindle version of Searching For Soul: a life surrounded by Soul Music and lovely people by Reg Stickings One of the benefits of recent soul related kindle version releases is that it allows people to revisit books in a more informative way than when they were originally first published. Here's one book that you may be aware off as it was first published in 2008 and is now on its 4th edition. If you missed the release at the time the kindle preview below now offers you a more detailed look... Blurb 'This is a piece of social history. Highly personal, often touching, Searching for Soul is a tale of the records, the fashion, football, travel, hardship, sacrifice and above all - the people' Reviews "A great read for all music lovers." Pete Collins "It's the Fever Pitch of Soul Music." David Bishop This is the fourth and final edition with extra chapters and photos added to bring readers up to date with Reg's story. Product details Format: Kindle Edition Print Length: 224 pages Publisher: Reggie World Publishing; 4th edition (3 May 2016) More info via website http://www.searchingforsoul.info/
  15. ‘Kill 'Em and Leave: Searching for the Real James Brown’ by James McBride. Published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson ISBN-13: 978-1474603638. When it comes to the listening side of soul music, there are still one or two avenues down which I have yet to wander, however, I enjoy nothing better than reading about the wide spectrum of sounds and more so the artists who created that music, whether it be in those dedicatedly produced fanzines of yesteryear, or the numerous books that find their way onto the marketplace. Although there have been numerous books written about “The Godfather of Soul”, “The Hardest Working Man in Show Business”, or whatever title you care to bestow on him, I had only ever pencilled ‘a James Brown book’ onto my ‘must read’ list. That changed with the arrival of “Kill 'Em and Leave: Searching for the Real James Brown” by James McBride. At times it helps knowing little about the subject matter as you can then approach a book with a completely open mind and of James Brown I knew nothing more than the basics, so I began turning the pages ready to learn more about the man with countless nicknames, but only one truly unique sound. Brown was born in 1933, near Barnwell in South Carolina, going on to win some forty-four gold records and countless awards from the music industry, whilst amassing, and losing, and amassing again, a small fortune, that after his death was to cause countless problems for those left in at the forefront of it all. As you turn the pages of James McBride’s well written and never boring book, Brown comes across as a man who trusts only a few, something that was far from being a negative approach, as a very high percentage of his fellow entertainers were pure and simply ripped off by all and sundry. Banks were high on Brown’s ‘no-go’ list, with his hard earned money ending up buried in back gardens, or hidden under hotel carpets, with the singer re-visiting the latter, sometimes a year later in order to retrieve the thousands of dollars that many had been walking across in the intervening period. All this of course did little to help when he came up against the might of the IRS. Money was also a huge problem following his death, when everyone wanted their share, from long forgotten family members to greedy lawyers despite his will stating that his estimated $100 million fortune be used to educate poor children in South Carolina. As yet, they are still waiting! But what of the book in question? Did I find the ‘real James Brown’ at the end of its 256 pages? Difficult to say really. I certainly learned a bit more about the man himself and McBride, an accomplished musician, and a noted author, takes you through the troubled times of a true music legend, but to be honest, the book tells you more about Brown’s entourage and backing band members, one who ended up living on this side of the Atlantic, than the man himself. These stories in themselves give this book an added edge. It does create a shadowy picture of a troubled man, but a man who knew what he wanted and where he wanted to go, a man who knew how to work his audience – arrive at the venue, onto the stage, do his set and back on the road – “kill ‘em and leave” was indeed his catch phrase. Should you want a biography, detailing the life and times of James Brown, then have a look at the other fourteen books on the man, but if you want to get below the surface a little, get the story from those who were there, those who at the end of the line suffered through no fault of their own, then you will enjoy this title. Unlike many autobiographies or biographies, it is neither boring, nor dull and it does give an insight into the complicated nature of Brown’s life. I suppose in a way, it does, in the end reveal the real James Brown. So, how do I rate it? For its simplicity, the recollections of those who were around the singers as he took the music scene by storm and for it being an enjoyable read, I would give it 4 out of 5. With just a little bit more about the man himself, it would probably have edged a 5 Iain McCartney April 2016 More info About the author (2016) James McBride is the author of the National Book Award winner and New York Times bestseller The Good Lord Bird, as well as the bestselling novels Song Yet Sung and Miracle at St. Anna, and the #1 New York Times bestseller The Color of Water. He is also a saxophonist and composer who teaches music to children in the Red Hook, Brooklyn, housing projects where he was born, and a Distinguished Writer in Residence at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at NYU. Bibliographic information Hardcover: 256 pages Publisher: W&N (5 April 2016) Language: English ISBN-10: 1474603637 ISBN-13: 978-1474603638 Various Editions available Kindle, Hard cover, Paperback and Audio but appears the paperback ain't out in the UK till 2017 http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/219828/kill-em-and-leave-by-james-mcbride/9780812993509/# Kill 'Em and Leave: Searching for the Real James Brown
  16. News/Article/Feature Highlight: Donny Hathaway Live - Details of a new book by Emily J. Lordi from Bloomsbury Academic, both kindle and paperback format... View full article
  17. News/Article/Feature Highlight: Continuing the current series of previews of soul related books both new and well known, here's details of a fresh kindle edition View full article
  18. News/Article/Feature Highlight: Bobby Womack My Story [1944-2014] published 07 Aug 2014. Available as Kindle and Paperback Editions View full article
  19. Donny Hathaway Live - Details of a new book by Emily J. Lordi from Bloomsbury Academic, both kindle and paperback format are now available. The company blurb below, a preview follows In January of 1979, the great soul artist Donny Hathaway fell fifteen stories from a window of Manhattan's Essex House Hotel in an alleged suicide. He was 33 years old and everyone he worked with called him a genius. Best known for “A Song for You,” “This Christmas,” and classic duets with Roberta Flack, Hathaway was a composer, pianist, and singer committed to exploring “music in its totality.” His velvet melisma and vibrant sincerity set him apart from other soul men of his era while influencing generations of singers and fans whose love affair with him continues to this day. The first nonfiction book about Hathaway, Donny Hathaway Live uses original interviews, archival material, musical analysis, cultural history, and poetry to tell the story of Hathaway's life, from his beginnings as a gospel wonder child to his final years. But its focus is the brutally honest, daringly gorgeous music he created as he raced the clock of mental illness-especially in the performances captured on his 1972 album Donny Hathaway Live. That album testifies to Hathaway's uncanny ability to amplify the power and beauty of his songs in the moment of live performance. By exploring that album, we see how he generated a spiritual experience for those present at his shows, and for those with the privilege to listen in now. Table of contents Acknowledgments II. Overture: Endings III. Prelude: “A Song for You” IV. First Movement: Beginnings V. Second Movement: Donny Hathaway Live VI. Third Movement: More Live VII. Last Movement: Afterlives - See more at: http://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/donny-hathaways-donny-hathaway-live-9781628929805/
  20. Rhythm Ride: A Road Trip Through the Motown Sound by Andrea Davis Pinkney is just a bit different than the usual motown related books that get featured on here as the audience its aimed at 10-14 year olds. There are some quite favorable reviews via amazon and the goodreads site (you can read the amazon reviews via the link below) and a fair few praise the books approach and scope both musical and historical. So at this time of year it could be of interest if looking for gifts but at £14 for the Kindle, the hardback version may provide the better value @ £15 Rhythm Ride: A Road Trip Through the Motown Sound Kindle Edition by Andrea Davis Pinkney Age Range: 10-14 years Hardcover: 176 pages Publisher: Roaring Brook Press (September 29, 2015) Language: English Here's the blurb... From award-winning author Andrea Davis Pinkney comes the story of the music that defined a generation and a movement that changed the world. Berry Gordy began Motown in 1959 with an $800 loan from his family. He converted the garage of a residential house into a studio and recruited teenagers from the neighborhood-like Smokey Robinson, Mary Wells, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, and Diana Ross-to sing for his new label. Meanwhile, the country was on the brink of a cultural revolution, and one of the most powerful agents of change in the following decade would be this group of young black performers from urban Detroit. From Berry Gordy and his remarkable vision to the Civil Rights movement, from the behind-the-scenes musicians, choreographers, and song writers to the most famous recording artists of the century, Andrea Davis Pinkney takes readers on a Rhythm Ride through the story of Motown...
  21. A highlight post of Marcus Baram's recent biography of Gil Scott Heron. Baram will chart Scott-Heron's musical odyssey, from Chicago to Tennessee to New York: a drug addict's twisted path to redemption and enduring fame. In Gil Scott-Heron: Pieces of a Man, Marcus Baram puts the complicated icon into full focus. Published November 11th 2014 by St. Martin's Press (first published February 1st 2014) "An addict and a recluse; a genius and a poet; a defacto founder of hip=hop who died in poverty, afraid to open his front door. Baram...traces Gil Scott-Heron's complicated path in the first full-on biographical work devoted to a career as turbulent as it was brilliant."–NOLA.com, The Times-Picayune Formats Amazon Price Kindle Edition £9.49 Hardcover £17.04
  22. Another Kindle pass on in the occasional series where the site makes the most out of the amazon "look inside" to provide some heads up reading on both old and new books available on kindle, thanks to member roburt (john s) for highlighting this one Here's the soul source heads up read... Respect Yourself: Stax Records and the Soul Explosion Published: November 12, 2013 Author: Robert Gordon The story of Stax Records unfolds like a Greek tragedy. A white brother and sister build a monument to racial harmony in blighted south Memphis during the civil rights movement. Their success soon pits the siblings against each other, and the brother abandons his sister for a visionary African-American partner. Under integrated leadership, Stax explodes as a national player until, Icarus-like, the heights they achieve result in their tragic demise. They fall, losing everything, and the sanctuary they created is torn to the ground. A generation later, Stax is rebuilt brick by brick and is once again transforming disenfranchised youth into stellar young musicians. Excerpt: Respect Yourself: Stax Records And The Soul Explosion CUTTING HEADS AND HAIR 1957—1959 Jim Stewart sat in his barber's chair. Jim's hair was short, his face boyish and scrubbed clean. He wore thick-rimmed glasses and a necktie, his jacket on the barber's coat hook. It was 1957 and Jim was twenty-seven years old, working in a bank and taking business classes at night on the GI Bill, with an eye toward becoming a lawyer. He played fiddle in a country swing band on weekends. Within ten years, this man would be responsible for some of the most soulful, swinging, and hip music ever made. Black people – of which he presently knew approximately none – would be his closest associates. The Beatles, to be unleashed in just a few years, would reach the height of their popularity, and in the thick of Beatlemania, the Beatles would phone Jim Stewart and ask if they could record at his studio. In ten years, Jim would have a hep goatee and his hair would be much longer than it was before he sat down for this trim. But in this barber's chair, 1957, there was no indication any of that would, or could, happen.
  23. Continuing the series of previews of kindle soul related books both new and well known, here's details of a fresh kindle edition. Soul Searchers 1968-1978 Kindle A ten-year account of the genesis and evolution of Washington, DC’s Soul Searchers band; from 1968, the year Chuck Brown, John Euell, and Lloyd Pinchback exited the Los Latinos to form the Soul Searchers, to 1978, the year Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers released their first major recorded hit, “Bustin’ Loose”.
  24. News/Article/Feature Highlight: Info on a motown related book aimed at 10-14 year olds View full article
  25. News/Article/Feature Highlight: A kindle preview themed revisit to a book that news of was originally posted up back in 2012 Sit Down! Listen To This! The Story of Roger Eagle by Bill Sykes View full article


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