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“1960s south east USA. A time characterised by racial tension and oppressive Jim Crow laws, but also of a political uprising leading to the 1964 Civil Rights Act and gradual desegregation. For white teenagers this brought easier access to race music and a new dimension in cool: the sound of soul and R&B. Even before the mid sixties, radio stations with wide broadcasting capabilities were promoting national acts to every corner of the Carolinas, Virginia and Georgia. Neighbourhood friends, high school students and college bands were inspired to create their own brand of soul to play in the beach pavilions, inland waterway dance clubs, sock hops, frat parties and campus venues.

These blue-eyed and integrated beach bands, soul influenced garage bands and vocal groups have long been embraced by the northern soul scene of the UK and Europe. Their music provides a whole other subgenre for rare soul enthusiasts to investigate. This book brings the era to life, exploring this vibrant music scene in the south east states through interviews, record label scans and previously unseen band photographs. It will serve as an invaluable reference source for northern soul collectors, beach music fans and indeed anyone who wishes to dig deeper into the history of sixties soul music, beyond the well documented stories of Berry Gordy, Ahmet Ertegun and the major labels.....”

What the author says....

“I’ve long held an appreciation for beach music and soul from the south east, ever since my first steps of collecting sixties soul as a teenager. Much of the previously published literature and online resources have focussed on classic beach music hits and artists. For this project I specifically wanted to make the connection between the rarer end of northern soul and the 1960s beach / soul scene of the Carolinas, Virginia and neighbouring states.

This book should be of interest to soul fans from a range of backgrounds, but particularly those from the latter days of Wigan Casino, Stafford's Top of the World and beyond. Several well known and respected DJs and collectors on the northern scene have contributed in different ways, helping to show how, when and where these records were introduced to an eager audience on UK shores.

Bands on the hit list included Anthony and the Aqua Lads, Bob Meyer and the Rivieras, The Tempests, The Embers, The Delacardos, The Appreciations, Bob Collins and the Fabulous Five, The Berkshire Seven, The Greater Experience, The Generation, Athens Rogues, Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs, The Soulmasters, Lost Soul, Gene and the Team Beats, The Chashers, Ron Moody and the Centaurs, The Spontanes, Novas Nine and The Soul Six. After a huge amount of detective work, surviving artists were tracked down for interview. As a result the histories of many of these acts are now documented for the first time with a number of facts and suprises revealed, as well as a few myths dispelled. Other important stateside individuals who assisted in this venture included label representatives, managers, promoters, archive specialists, press photographers and local beach fans who lived through it all. The chapters are illustrated with dozens of scans of local and national label releases, artist publicity pictures, personal photos of the bands, tour bus pics, copies of label contracts, booking letters and much more.

This book is a must for any rare soul collector wanting to discover the link between soul music history of the south eastern states and the northern soul scene.”


About the Author

Mark Windle

Publish Date  April 14, 2013

Dimensions  Trade  152 pgs Colour printing (on white uncoated paper)

Category  Reference

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