The Northern Soul Scene - Sarah Raine

The Northern Soul Scene - Sarah Raine

Portrait of John Manship

The Northern Soul Scene - Sarah Raine

William Ellis [+-]
William Ellis is a photographer of international renown, whose distinctive style encompasses portrait, performance, and still life images of musical instruments. His breakthrough came with the opportunity to photograph Miles Davis in 1989, and he has since worked with many of the world’s leading musicians. His work has been exhibited internationally, and held in collections including the National Portrait Gallery London, the Archive of Contemporary Music in New York, and the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City. His work also appears in print and online, published by magazines, newspapers, television and radio broadcasters, and by record companies in artist promotion.


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 fifty-year olds and new converts, and its celebration of 1960s Soul has an international following. This innovative and distinctive book brings together original commissioned essays and pivotal scholarly articles that have defined the field so far, interspersed with dossiers of published journalistic articles and photographs, and interviews with, for instance, producers and directors of Northern Soul-themed films. This publication represents a subject-defining book on the history and contemporary nature of the scene, and the first anthology of work in the field, which will provide a forum for vibrant dialogue and debate for a readership of lecturers and researchers, students and general readers interested in creative analyses and interpretations of the scene, past and present. The book links academic research, photography, film production and journalism in the documentation and analysis of historic and current music scenes. Representations of the scene from different media and different historical locations are juxtaposed to construct a rich and diverse statement about the music, people, places and practices that constitute the Northern Soul scene in the UK.

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Ellis, William. Portrait of John Manship. The Northern Soul Scene. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 164 Mar 2019. ISBN 9781781795583. Date accessed: 16 Feb 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.36890. Mar 2019

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