Preface
“how the parts relate to the whole”
Books examining black popular music of the 1960s and 1970s
speak of it as a sonic and lyrical extension of the social,
cultural, and political upheavals of that transformative period. In fact,
the most illuminating of these investigations, including The Death of
Rhythm and Blues, Sweet Soul Music, Soulsville, USA, Just My Soul Respond-
ing, What The Music Said, and A Change Is Gonna Come, explore how
people in the business of making and selling soul—performers, song-
writers, producers, and record company executives—responded to and
helped to shape national debates about and perspectives on such topics
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