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The Story of Northern Soul: A Definitive History of the Dance Scene That Refuses to Die [Paperback]

David Nowell
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6 Jan 2011
What began as an underground 60s Mod scene in unlicensed, no-frills clubs in the North West of England became a youth craze that has long surpassed all others. The Northern Soul scene has confounded its critics by surviving and growing into an adult dance phenomenon whose followers share a passion for the music of Black America unrivalled anywhere else in the world. The Story of Northern Soul takes the first ever in-depth look at the culture, the music, the artists and the people frequenting the all-night venues which are synonymous with the British Soul Scene. Packed with memorabilia and anecdotes from the Twisted Wheel in Manchester to the mighty Wigan Casino, The Story of Northern Soul is the definitive history of a dance scene that refuses to die.

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Portico (6 Jan 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907554238
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907554230
  • Product Dimensions: 2.7 x 12.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,949 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"David Nowell's "The Story of Northern Soul" reports the scene's twists and turns with the exhaustive detail of an insider who knows everyone in the scene worth knowing . . . He communicates what made the scene so special to its participants, and how those good times still ring in their ears." --PopMatters.com

About the Author

David Nowell has been a journalist since 1974. He was a regular at Wigan Casino and other major clubs from 1975 to 1983 and is now enjoying the most recent Northern Soul revival.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Same book different cover! 7 Feb 2011
Format:Paperback
I started reading this book and after a few pages it seemed familiar. After looking through my Nothern Soul book collection I realised it's the same book as 'Too Darn Soulful' which is very difficult to source and expensive if you can find a copy. I'm not saying this is a bad book in fact it's very good and I enjoyed it but if you are looking for a copy of Too Darn Soulful then buy this one and save yourself a fortune.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for Northern Soul fans 21 Mar 2011
Format:Paperback
A great read for soul fans, lots of comments from the people involved in the 70's. Good memories from those who lived through the scene's heyday. The songs, Dj's, clubs, conflicts and drugs are all covered at great lengths. The foreign scene and up to date events are all covered. I could't put it down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars exelant 25 May 2014
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Brilliant book, a definite must read if ever there was one, I found that I didn't want to put it down, (and I am not a reading type)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Soul Read! 17 Feb 2014
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Bought this for a good friend who was housebound for a while after an op. He says he is enjoying the book and it brings back wonderful Northern Soul memories. A great dancer in his day, Wigan Casino, Blackpool and so on, delighting the onlooking audiences, so this book takes him back, loves it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Reasonable recollection 24 Aug 2013
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One mans view of Northern Soul. Some of it as I remember some not? Hard to tell what he'd witnessed and what he'd heard
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5.0 out of 5 stars the story of northern soul 1 Jun 2013
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great book, great read, a look into the scene that is still alive today & not just another passing fad
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another superb book 28 May 2013
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For someone too young to be there first time round it is a great read from the music to the clubs to the characters a great warts n all book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Keep the Faith! 8 May 2013
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Brings back happy memories of music scene generally and fills in a lot of missing gaps in my knowledge of Northern Soul. Any music lover can enjoy this book!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Northern soul
Absolutely no problems with order. From start to finish it was quick, easy and a pleasure to do business with.
Published 12 months ago by Mr. P. Lotcho
4.0 out of 5 stars KTF
I bought this for a present, but have been informed that is a good read for any soul fan that visited the scene in the 70's, it does mention Wigan and I will be borrowing it after... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Mrs. L. M. Asbery
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Memories
5 star book. great read coulden't put it down, this book brought back many memories for me, fanstastic imformation on music clubs Dj's also some really good interviews with... Read more
Published 18 months ago by zeldazoom
5.0 out of 5 stars bought as a present.
The recipient is a northern soul fan, having danced at Wigan Casino and it bought back many happy memories for her.
Published 18 months ago by vikingliner
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Northern Soul
I love this Northern Soul story on the kindle fire. It really goes into depths of the fabulous American music.
5 out of 5
Published 19 months ago by ROBERT
5.0 out of 5 stars listen to those memories
proberbly the best written book on this wonderful and quirky genre called northern soul both for the novice and those in the know. Read more
Published 21 months ago by R. C. Lee-peace
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational
New to the world of Northern Soul and this book has everything, it just makes me want to find out more and more.
Published on 18 July 2012 by Mr. R. Nason
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