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Maybe because the author's day job is the editor of an encyclopedia, this book also reads like a reference book. Organized mainly by record label, this is a detailed account of everyone who ever recorded anything that might be filed under soul. After a while though, it starts to gel together as some of the most important figures appear again and again. The chapter on dance crazes alone is worth it! Another cool thing about the book is that he goes all the way from the last days of doo-wop up til ...more