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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...

Stevie Wonder's Songs in the Key of Life

Zeth Lundy

Zeth Lundy is Music Columns Editor at the online magazine Popmatters. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2007

33 1/3 Books

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...Like all double albums, Songs in the Key of Life is imperfect but audacious. If its titular concern - life - doesn’t exactly allow for rigid focus, it’s still a fiercely inspired collection of songs and one of the definitive soul records...

“Bring It on Home”: Constructions of Social Class in Rhythm and Blues and Soul Music, 1949–1980

The Bloomsbury Handbook of Popular Music and Social Class

Bloomsbury Academic, 2020

Scholarly Books

...This essay examines how social class identities inform and influence African American rhythm and blues and soul music of the post-World War II period (1949–1980). During the first two decades of this period, black popular music expanded...

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...
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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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...Wilson Pickett was one of the most popular African American singer-songwriters in the 1960s. His songwriting and recording had a significant impact on the development of soul and R & B music during his time. Pickett was born on March 18...

Tina Turner

Artist Pages

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...Although retired, Tina Turner is still one of the most successful international female rock stars, renowned for her high-energy live performances. Turner has also made occasional film appearances, for example, in Tommy (1975), which...

J Dilla

Artist Pages

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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...

Dusty Springfield's Dusty in Memphis

Warren Zanes

Warren Zanes was a member of roots-rock band The Del Fuegos in the 1980s. Since then he has completed a PhD at the University of Rochester, and has recently released an acclaimed debut solo album, Memory Girls, on Dualtone. www.warren-zanes.com Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2003

33 1/3 Books

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...Dusty in Memphis, Dusty Springfield’s beautiful and bizarre magnum opus, remains as fine a hybrid of pop and rhythm and blues as has ever been made. In this remarkable book, Warren Zanes explores his own love affair with the record. He digs...
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...Sly & the Family Stone played a key role in the development of soul, funk, and psychedelia during the 1960s and 1970s. The group was also one of the first major American bands to have both a race- and gender-integrated line-up. Sly &...