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Muscle Shoals, AL

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume IV : Locations: North America

Continuum, 2016

Encyclopedia Articles

...Population: 65,000 (2000) Located in northwest Alabama on the banks of the Tennessee River, the city of Muscle Shoals is part of a conglomerate of four towns – the others being Florence, Sheffield and Tuscumbia...

Aretha Franklin's Amazing Grace

Aaron Cohen

Aaron Cohen is associate editor of DownBeat magazine. His writing on gospel music has been featured extensively in the Chicago Tribune, and he lives in Chicago, IL. He recently won the 2011 ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for his article on Ray Charles in Downbeat. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Continuum, 2011

33 1/3 Books

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...A fascinating and thoroughly researched exploration of the best-selling gospel album of all time....

James Brown's Live at the Apollo

Douglas Wolk

Douglas Wolk writes about music. His work appears regularly in The Village Voice, Time Out New York, Salon, Slate, Rolling Stone, The Nation, and many other publications. He lives in Portland, Oregon. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2004

33 1/3 Books

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...In this remarkable book, Douglas Wolk brings to life an October evening in 1962, at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem – an evening at the height of Cold War tensions. In great detail, Wolk pieces together what took place (and what was recorded...
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...The sound of R & B/soul music in the late 1960s would have been completely different if not for the career of Aretha Franklin. Aretha was born in Memphis, Tennessee. Her father was C. L. Franklin (a civil rights activist and preacher...
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...As one of the most prolific artists to emerge from the Beale Street scene in Memphis, Tennessee, Bobby Bland’s career spanned fifty years. Born in 1930 in the small town of Barretville, Tennessee, Bland dropped out of school after third...

James Brown

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...The energetic performances and illustrious career of the Godfather of Soul, James Brown, earned him the moniker “The Hardest Working Man in Show Business.” Born in 1933 in South Carolina, Brown grew up in extreme poverty. His family moved...

Joe Cocker

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...Known for his unique performance style and gritty-voiced takes on pop material, Joe Cocker was recognized across the globe as one of the best singers of the 1960s and 1970s. Born in Sheffield, England in 1944, Cocker was influenced...

J Dilla

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...While J Dilla’s productive career may have been short, it had a fundamental impact on hip-hop from the 1990s onward. Born James Yancey in 1974 in Detroit, Michigan, Dilla began his career under the name of Jay Dee. His parents, both...

Donny Hathaway's Donny Hathaway Live

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

33 1/3 Books

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...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...
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...After signing with Atlantic Records in 1969, Donny Hathaway breathed new life into soul music as it entered a new decade. Born in Chicago in 1945, Hathaway was raised by his grandmother, a gospel singer, in St. Louis. He started playing...