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Mr M’s 1977 line out recording of a set by Brian Rae

Brilliant quality recording ...just like 40 years ago was yesterday, enjoy and thanks to Pete Smith for publishing it ...

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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Famous Northern Soul Venues – Blackpool Mecca – Highland Room

The Blackpool Mecca was a large entertainment venue on Central Drive in the seaside town of Blackpool, Lancashire, in North West England, first opened in 1965. In the 1970s, it was particularly known for The Highland Room, which was a major Northern Soul music venue. The building was closed down in 1980s and was finally demolished in January 2009 to make way for new campus ...
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So what was it Lisa ?

She made a rare TV appearance on Thursday morning, but while it was her appearance in a new film that dominated inside the studio, it was her controversial choice of accessory that caught the eye outside. The 48-year-old singer was paying a visit to daily breakfast show Good Morning Britain, where she chatted to hosts Ben Shephard and Susanna Reid about Northern Soul – a ...
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The Current Northern Soul Scene: Is it just nostalgia or a vibrant world?

This is a nice article by Josh Norcliffe from 2014 The underground music and dance youth movement known as Northern Soul has survived well over fifty years since its emergence in the nineteen sixties, but are the 21’st century “all-nighters” just men trying to relive their youth or are the kids generally interested in it? Northern Soul was born out of the British mod scene ...
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The Sheffield Soul Scene – A history

SOUL SURVIVORS Northern Soul tends to conjure up images of men paying through the nose for little slabs of vinyl and talcum powder on the floor. John Moffat talks us through some of the finer, more local points. The story of the Soul Scene is well documented, but, to those not familiar with it, I’ll start with something of a potted history. Its early incarnations, ...
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My Clifton Hall Experience

A little taster of what was the alternative to Wigan Casino in the early 1980's Glynn Jones says .... Thought I'd do a podcast of my favourite allnighter. Think I only missed a couple of these as it was so close to home. Clifton Hall started running in tandem with the Casino then, for many of us, took over the mantle of being the place ...
/ Music, Timeline

What songs are considered the great Northern Soul classics ?

Question: What songs are considered the great Northern Soul classics? Answer: The Top 20 most popular Northern Soul songs, as compiled by Wigan Casino DJ Kev Roberts from fan surveys, are as follows: 1. Do I Love You (Indeed I Do) - Frank Wilson 2. Out on the Floor - Dobie Gray 3. You Didn't Say a Word - Yvonne Baker 4. The Snake - ...
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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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Soul Source Gig Guide

Visit Soul Source gig guide for all your latest events ... Northern Soul Event Guide - Soul SourceNorthern Soul Event Guide - All the top upcoming soul music events, allnighters, weekenders, festivals, nights, radio shows and more ...
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Out On The Floor, by The Signatures

Out On The Floor, by The Signatures

Another good cover from a contemporary "Northern Soul" band ...
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Film Review by Tim Murry

"Northern Soul" “If anyone can make a film about northern soul and make it work, then Elaine [Constantine] can.” So said a latter-day Northern Soul boy, one of the regulars at the 100 Club all-nighters, said to me. We had been discussing the seemingly never-ending search for the definitive fictional film about the homegrown genre that refuses to die. I’d just ventured that I thought ...
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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 ...
/ Books, Timeline

Photobucket – Northern Soul

Need some "Northern Soul" pics, photobucket is the place to go to find it.  About Photobucket We’re here to help you make the most of life’s special moments. With a free account, you can store all of your photos, videos and GIFs, then share them by email or social sites like Facebook and Twitter. Plus, our Print Shop and powerful photo editor makes Photobucket the ...
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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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Dave Thorley & Topdog Records

We have been in business as Top Dog Records and before as Boogieman Records for over 20 years. We work to find and sell a wide spectrum of black dance music. We currently have over 20,000 records in stock. Our aim is to provide music lovers "The Hard To Find To The Just Plain Good". We welcome anyone to visit us, just give us a ...
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Motown: The Musical to squeeze hits by Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and the Jackson 5 into two-hour West End show

Musical telling Berry Gordy's story will feature 50 Motown classics, with some whittled down to two-minute versions A Motown musical telling the story of Berry Gordy, founder of the legendary label, will be the next jukebox production seeking to become a West End smash - if the producers can squeeze in all of the company's hits. Motown: The Musical, which opens at the Shaftesbury Theatre next February, aims to ...
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