Chicago Soul chronicles the emergence of Chicago soul music out of the city's thriving rhythm-and-blues industry from the late 1950s through the late 1970s. The performers, A&R men, producers, distributors, deejays, studios, and labels that made it all happen take center stage in this first book to document the stunning rise and success of the Windy City as a soul music recording center.
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As a soul music collector, particularly one who delves into the obscure and one hit labels from Chicago and Philly, I searched for this book for a while before I randomly found it at my local bookstore the moment I walked in.
It is very much to the fact, paragraph by paragraph. There's a lot of names, encounters, overlapping of vocal artists and studio musicians. I enjoyed this almost as much as the interviews of all the Chi Town soul artists that the late Bob Abrahamian had on his show.
Very dense with so much information. You may want to read the chapters 2-3 times over before moving on in the book.
I have a gamut of "soul" and "boogaloo/crossover" music history books, but this one is different. It isn't overtly privvy to what the author wants to gloat about (which is something i come across in soul history books), but Pruter definitely wanted to get every little detail in there. My favorite "intro to regional soul" book in my library.
I previewed the book - I wish the author had contacted me before he published the book. My father was Randy Wood of Vee Jay Records. I found several inaccuracies in the book.
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