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Move On Up: Chicago Soul Music and Black Cultural Power

Aaron Cohen


This book looks at the social and cultural changes in Chicago that shaped soul music (or R&B) in the city primarily during the 1960s and 1970s, as well as how the musicians and their audiences became change agents. A key argument is that more than just a series of hits or a monolithic sound, R&B from this time and place reflected significant stylistic differences and became a crucial source of black empowerment. Curtis Mayfield, The Chi-Lites, Chaka Khan, and Jerry Butler are some of the musicians who are highlighted in the narrative as are the influences that shaped their work. Numerous other ... More

Keywords: Chicago, music, empowerment, African American, soul music, social, cultural, Curtis Mayfield

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780226176079
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226653174.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Aaron Cohen, author
City Colleges of Chicago