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Drawn from a mosaic of influences, including folk, gospel, and blues, R&B represents both everything that came before and nothing that was heard before. This is the music that bridged the gap between audiences and helped, at the very height of racism in America, to dismantle racial barriers. So much of today's music is derived directly from the highly influential and critically important sounds of R&B that without it we would have never known the classic soul of the late '50s and '60s, the glory days of the genre. Similarly, rock n' roll as seen through the eyes of Bill Haley and Elvis Presley would have never evolved without the foundation laid by their R&B predecessors. Through substantial entries on the chief architects and innovators, Icons of R&B and Soul offers a vibrant overview of the music's impact in American culture and how it reflected contemporary society's politics, trends, and social issues.

Numerous sidebars highlight Motown, prominent record labels, hit songs, related singers and songwriters, key events, and significant aspects of the music industry. Also included is a list of important print and Web resources, as well as a list of selected recordings. An essential reference for high school and public libraries, this encyclopedia will help students explore the historical and cultural framework of R&B and soul music through the musicians who have come to define the genre. Among the featured: -Ray Charles -Little Richard -Fats Domino & New Orleans R&B -Ruth Brown -Sam Cooke -Etta James -James Brown -Aretha Franklin -The Supremes -Otis Redding -Ike & Tina Turner -Curtis Mayfield -Berry Gordy -Stevie Wonder -Marvin Gaye -Smokey Robinson -The Temptations -Prince

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After completing the The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Rock History in 2005, writer Gulla decided to tackle the world of rhythm and blues, and this comprehensive two-volume set is the result. Working his way through a brief time line of this musical genre, Gulla starts with Ray Charles, invoking the nickname "The Genius of Soul." He moves through the birth of rock and roll, discussing at length influential soul artists such as Sam Cooke, Little Richard and Jackie Wilson. By the beginning of the second volume, the reader is placed squarely at the end of the Civil Rights movement, with Otis Redding, Sly and the Family Stone and George Clinton leading the way. Gulla ends the book with Jesse Jarnow's article about Prince, either signifying that the Purple One is carrying the torch for those who came before or that a new revolution is afoot. Only 24 R&B artists and acts are given in-depth entries, which may seem a little sparse for an encyclopedia; each entry is detailed, however, and full of the enthusiasm that marks a true scholar of rhythm and blues. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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BOB GULLA is a professional writer and co-author of The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Rock History (2005).

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Gulla, Bob
Popular Culture - General
Soul musicians
Soul music
Genres & Styles - Pop Vocal
Popular Culture
Genres & Styles - Blues
Genres & Styles - Soul & R&B
History & Criticism - General
Soul music -- History and criticism.
Rhythm and blues music
Music-Soul and Motown
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