The Northern Soul Scene - Sarah Raine

The Northern Soul Scene - Sarah Raine


The Northern Soul Scene - Sarah Raine

Sarah Raine [+-]
University of Limerick
Sarah Raine is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, at the University of Limerick.
Tim Wall [+-]
Birmingham City University
Tim Wall is Professor of Radio and Popular Music Studies at Birmingham City University.
Nicola Watchman Smith [+-]
Newcastle College
Nicola Watchman Smith is Head of Higher Education at Newcastle College University Centre and a cultural sociologist and researcher. She has published widely on northern soul, including chapters in The Ashgate Research Companion to Popular Musicology (2009) and Ageing and Youth Cultures: Music, Style and Identity (2012).


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. This co-produced book brings together newly commissioned essays together with pivotal earlier articles that have defined the field so far. These chapters are interspersed with key journalistic articles, evocative photographs, and interviews with the directors of northern soul-themed films. This anthology is the first to provide a wide variety of perspectives on the history and contemporary nature of the scene, and creates a forum for vibrant dialogue and debate amongst academic researchers, students and those immersed in the scene. 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 and beyond.

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Raine, Sarah; Wall, Tim; Smith, Nicola. Acknowledgements. The Northern Soul Scene. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. xi Feb 2019. ISBN 9781781795583. Date accessed: 03 Dec 2021 doi: 10.1558/equinox.38273. Feb 2019

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