The New York Review of Magazines

Music More Than Myself

By Zachary Sniderman

I rediscovered an article from the Winter ’10 issue of Filter on Keb Darge and the history of northern soul music. This style of music is perhaps most easily described as mod-Motown, though even that doesn’t really do it justice. Good on Filter for going against the industry-grain (thank goodness it isn’t another article on Grizzly Bear/Gaga/etc.). Subtle, elegant writing from Cord Jefferson brings the movement to life, making it a history lesson worth taking.

Filter unfortunately does not have a link to the story online, so you might have to go out to a local newsstand to read the whole story. Until then, here’s a little back-info on northern soul, and a sample song to get you going.

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