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Most popular Soul & R 'n' B books

The most popular Soul & R 'n' B books currently available. Updated weekly.
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Memphis 68: The Tragedy of Southern Soul
WINNER OF THE PENDERYN MUSIC BOOK PRIZE 2018In the 1950s and 1960s, Memphis, Tennessee, was the launch pad of musical pioneers such as Aretha Franklin, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Al Green and Isaac Hayes, and by 1968 was a city synonymous with soul music.
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Come and Get These Memories: The Story of Holland-Dozier-Holland, Motown's Incomparable Songwriters
Featuring honest and open first-hand accounts, Come and Get These Memories is more than just a behind-the-scenes look at Motown Records at its peak: Eddie and Brian set the record straight on both their personal and professional lives and offer a revealing slice of pop-music history.
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Detroit 67: The Year That Changed Soul
A turbulent story of soul music, street crime and social rebellion from critically acclaimed writer and broadcaster Stuart Cosgrove
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Harlem 69: The Future of Soul
Harlem 69 brings Stuart Cosgrove's epic sixties trilogy to a dramatic conclusion and looks forward to brilliant music yet to come - jazz funk to disco and hip hop.
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Bruce W. Talamon. Soul. R&B. Funk. Photographs 1972-1982
Get down with such legends as Marvin Gaye, Earth, Wind & Fire, Stevie Wonder, Donna Summer, the Jackson Five, Diana Ross, James Brown, and Chaka Khan in this collection of largely unseen images from the golden age of soul, R&B, and funk. Sourced from our superfly Art Edition, this XL volume gathers all of the glamour and groove captured by...
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Young Soul Rebels: A Personal History of Northern Soul
The Ultimate History of Northern Soul
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Lee Brilleaux: Rock 'n' Roll Gentleman
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Harlem 69: The Future of Soul
Harlem 69 brings Stuart Cosgrove's epic sixties trilogy to a dramatic conclusion and looks forward to brilliant music yet to come - jazz funk to disco and hip hop.
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It's Not Only Rock 'n' Roll: Iconic Musicians Reveal the Source of Their Creativity.
With candid photographs and in-depth analysis of what makes great musicians tick, this is the ultimate book for any music fan.
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Aretha: The Queen of Soul: A Life in Photographs
A celebration of Aretha Franklin's life, covering her singing and recording career from the 1950s until her death in 2018.
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Respect: The Life of Aretha Franklin
The definitive biography of the Queen of Soul from acclaimed music writer David Ritz.
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Invisible Man: The Story of Rod Temperton, the 'Thriller' Songwriter
The first biography of one of the UK's most successful songwriters, written by one of the only people to interview him.
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There's That Beat! Guide To The Philly Sound: Philadelphia Soul Music and its R&B Roots: From Gospel & Bandstand to TSOP
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Jacksons Legacy: From the Family Archives / The 50th Anniversary Book
The first official book created by The Jacksons themselves, this definitive publication tells the legendary group's story in their own words.
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Long Slow Train: The Soul Music of Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings
LONG SLOW TRAIN: THE SOUL MUSIC OF SHARON JONES AND THE DAP-KINGS
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Young Hearts Run Free: First Lady of Southern Soul
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House on Fire: The Rise and Fall of Philadelphia Soul
Gamble, Huff, and Bell were the pre-eminent soul music producers of the 1970s. This book tells the story of their meteoric rise, their years of unstoppable success, and their demise from payola, competition, a tough economy, and the inevitability of changing popular tastes.
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Marvin Gaye: The Master 1961-1984
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Northern Soul Scene
The northern soul scene is a dance-based music culture that originated in the English North and Midlands in the early 1970s. It still thrives today with a mix of sixty-year-olds and several generations of new converts, and its celebration of 1960s soul has an international following.
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Working For The Man, Playing In The Band: My Years with James Brown
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Last Holiday: A Memoir
'Leave it to Scott-Heron to save some of his best for last . . . He's a real writer, a word man, and [The Last Holiday] is as wriggling and vital in its way as Bob Dylan's Chronicles: Volume One' New York Times
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My Life with Earth, Wind & Fire
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Prince: Purple Reign
In April 2016 the world lost a music legend. This is the biography of the iconic composer, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist - the inimitable Prince.
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Memphis 68: The Tragedy of Southern Soul
The second book in Stuart Cosgrove's vibrant trilogy of American soul music, told through the prism of social and civil upheaval
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In the Midnight Hour: The Life and Soul of Wilson Pickett
Drawn from extensive interviews with the singer's close family and friends and regular members of his studio and touring bands, In the Midnight Hour is a narrative portrait of one of the greatest voices of soul and a rare window into the social upheavals that surrounded him, the genre he helped shape along the way, and the pitfalls of the fame that success brought him.
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Story of Motown
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Kill 'Em and Leave: Searching for the Real James Brown
A personal journey in search of the soul legend James Brown by National Book Award-winning novelist James McBride
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Aretha Franklin 20 Greatest Hits
Aretha Franklin 20 Greatest Hits contains some of the very best from the Queen of Soul arranged for piano, voice and guitar.Includes these songs:(Gonna Find Me An) Angel(I Love You) Call Me(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural WomanChain Of FoolsDay DreamingDo Right Woman Do Right ManDont Play That Song (You Lied)Dr. FeelgoodI Never Loved A Man (The Way I Loved You)I Say A Little Prayer For YouIm In LoveRespectRock SteadySave MeSee SawSpanish HarlemThe House That Jack BuiltThinkUntil You Come Back To Me (Thats What Im Gonna Do)You're All I Need To Get By
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Play Soul (Alto Saxophone)
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James Brown
This book explores how funk emerged in the mid-1960s at the very apex of the civil rights movement and shows how this music mirrored the broader changes taking place within the African-American community at a crucial political time and continues to underpin remix culture. It traces the extent of the Brown legacy, musically and culturally.
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George Clinton and the Cosmic Odyssey of the P-Funk Empire
The first in-depth biography of one of music's most fascinating, colourful and innovative characters. The definitive history of the last of the black music pioneers.
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Dreams to Remember: Otis Redding, Stax Records, and the Transformation of Southern Soul
A soul icon and the southern music he helped popularise come to life in this moving requiem.
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Billie Holiday at Sugar Hill
A vivid, intimate and compelling photographic portrait of Billie Holiday, the epitome of the jazz singer and one of 20th-century music's most iconic figures, published here for the first time.
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Prince
Prince was an icon of artistry and individuality, a symbol (quite literally, at one point in his career) of independence, a man who lived for the art of his music.
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Kill 'Em and Leave: Searching for the Real James Brown
A personal journey in search of the soul legend James Brown by National Book Award-winning novelist James McBride
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Henry Brewer: How To Play R&B Soul Keyboards
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Motown: The Sound of Young America
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Destructive Desires: Rhythm and Blues Culture and the Politics of Racial Equality
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Pick Up the Pieces: Excursions in Seventies Music
Gives a panoramic view of 1970s music and culture through seventy-eight essays that allow readers to dip in and out of the decade at random or immerse themselves completely in Corbett's chronological journey.
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Mary Wells
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98% Funky Stuff
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Easy Riders, Rolling Stones: On the Road in America, from Delta Blues to 70s Rock
Easy Riders, Rolling Stones delves into the history of twentieth-century American popular music to explore the emergence of 'road music'.
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Motown: The Sound of Young America
Featuring extensive, specially commissioned photography of treasures gathered from the archives, this title captures the graphic and design iconography which underpinned Motown's extraordinary creativity.
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Mary Wells
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98% Funky Stuff
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Traveling Soul: The Life of Curtis Mayfield
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Soul Serenade
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Florida Soul: From Ray Charles to KC and the Sunshine Band
When recalling the roots of soul music, most people are likely to name Memphis, Detroit, New Orleans, or Muscle Shoals. But Florida also has a rich soul music history. Florida Soul celebrates great artists of the Sunshine State who produced some of the most electric, emotive soul music America has ever heard.
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Say It One Time For The Brokenhearted: Country Soul In The American South
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Kill 'Em and Leave: Searching for the Real James Brown
A personal journey in search of the soul legend James Brown by National Book Award-winning novelist James McBride