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Northern Soul Grilled Cheese, Soup & Shakes

Whatever Next ! Fancy the ultimate grilled cheese sandwich? Not the normal Breville effort you make at home, where the cheese always seems to leak out the back simultaneously making a mess and leaving you with a half empty toasted bread shell (just me?)! I mean thick bread, toasted perfectly and filled with a mix of delicious oozy cheese and a choice of other fillings ...
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Young Soul Rebels – by Stuart Cosgrove

More summer reading that is available as an ebook now ... Northern soul is the ultimate underground music scene. Hidden away from the mainstream, it has defied the logic of fashion and outlasted more visible youth culture movements such as punk and rave. Author Stuart Cosgrove is an insider who has been a well-known collector on the scene for decades. Here he takes the reader ...
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NOVEMBER 2016 ISSUE

OCTOBER 2016 ISSUE A sneaky peek of just some of what is in the October 2016 issue – OUT NOW! Click to buy this issue and read more… Davido “I love this song and I don’t understand one thing he said.” The above is a comment written underneath the YouTube video to Davido’s 2013 hit Skelewu, but it could easily have been appended to any online ...
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Northern Soul: 40 years of the sound of Wigan Casino

Britain's Northern Soul music scene exploded with the first "all-nighter" at the Wigan Casino nightclub in September 1973. The Culture Show's Paul Mason, once a regular on the dancefloor, recalls the sound that defined his youth: Looking back on Northern Soul, 40 years on from the first all-nighter at Wigan Casino, one thing stands out. It may have blazed a trail to the all-night dance ...
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A passion for Northern Soul

A passion for Northern Soul With IKS Kitchen's Jamie Hartford East Leeds Magazine, July 2011 I got into Northern Soul through my parents; specifically my Dad, Trev’. I suppose it was the soundtrack to my early life with plenty of music (and dancing) filling the house. It’s a complex genre to explain to the uninitiated. The pioneers in the mid-sixties were clubs such as The ...
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BLUES AND SOUL’S 40 ESSENTIAL SOUL SINGLES

1. MARVIN GAYE - �I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE� (Tamla 1968)This isn't my favourite Marvin Gaye track, but I do consider it his most essential and because of its impact soul's most essential too. In just over a little more than three harrowing minutes Marvin delivers as much anguish, grief and passion as any Shakespeare tragedy. It proves that soul music - at its ...
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Kev Roberts Northern Soul Top 500

Northern Soul Top 500 Written by Kev Roberts, published by Goldmine/Soul Supply Ltd in 2000. “Born in the ultra-cool Mod clubs of the late-sixties with names like The Blue Orchid, King Mojo and The Twisted Wheel, the sound was Motown, Stax, Atlantic and their imitators – American Soul music with an express train beat that found a spiritual home in England’s North and a name… ...
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Dancing, Northern Soul Style

An old article but interesting Here’s some more of my writing on Northern Soul. This time I am posting an extract from some work analysing dance styles on the Northern Soul dancefloor. Style refers to the manner of expression; it is the particular way certain actions are performed. In his semiotic investigation of style, Dick Hebdige (1979) suggests that style is the active use of ...
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Coming of Age in Wigan’s Anarchic Northern Soul Scene

By Paul Mason, September 2013 One Saturday night ­in 1975, I met my mate at a shop in Manchester that would, for certain, sell you Bronchipax: ephedrine capsules, the poor-man’s speed, banned now but sold without prescription back then. We bought a packet each and swallowed the lot with tonic water: eight times the maximum adult dose. But what did we care about the adult ...
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Elusive & The mysterious case of the 1970’s rock band from Hatfield

BABE RUTH was a band that formed in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, England, in 1971. Guitarist Alan Shacklock founded this progressive rock band. They had a rhythmic, bluesy, guitar orientated sound capped off by the blistering vocals of Jenny Hahn. Rounded out by Chris Holmes (keyboards and organ), Dave Punshon (piano), Dave Hewitt, (bass) and Dick Powell, (drums) this British band always put on a great live ...
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10 Life-Affirming Northern Soul Tracks – And The Stories Behind Them

Getty A new film called Northern Soul (dir. Elaine Constantine) shines a spotlight on one of the most vital musical scenes in 20th Century Britain. Set in the industrial North in 1974, it portrays all the the adrenaline, fashion, sweat, speed and adolescent joy of the youth that adopted soul for their own nightclubs and lifestyles. Musicians Jonathan Scott Watson (known as Smoove) and John ...
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SEPTEMBER 2016 ISSUE

SEPTEMBER 2016 ISSUE A sneaky peek of just some of what is in the September 2016 issue – OUT NOW! Click to buy this issue and read more… St. Paul & The Broken Bones No two ways about it, Paul Janeway is boring. That’s not my view, you understand: it’s actually his own. “I don’t go out at all when I’m here, so I have this ...
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Six quickies with Glenn Walker-Foster

1) So Glenn, you have been DJing since 72, that’s a hell of a long time, how has the digital revolution impacted on the way you DJ? The digital revolution has impacted in many ways on the way I DJ in all forms of music with the exception of Northern Soul. It has made remixing records easier and making your own productions a whole lot ...
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Wigan Casino 1978 – Live Recording from balcony.

Some great pictures and not a bad recording, you do feel like you are looking down from the balcony ! Richard Searling is the DJ ...i think, comment below ! ...
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Button Down Radio

What's it all about? Well our love of ska started around '79 seeing Madness play The Prince on Top of the Pops. From then on we never looked back! Been with the sounds ever since, through 2Tone, 3rd Wave and the onsurge of ska-core. There seems to be a revival of trad and dirty reggae which we are loving. So what about Northern Soul? Never ...
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