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Nowhere to Run: The Story of Soul Music Gerri Hirshey

Nowhere to Run: The Story of Soul Music - Gerri Hirshey

London & Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1984, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper, more heavily to the top edge. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Pages lightly age-tanned.

Contains: Black & white photographs;

From the cover: “Soul”, Ray Charles said, “is like electricity. We don’t really know what it is, but it’s a force that can light up a room”.

Nowhere to Run is a portrait of soul music as seen through the personalities of the people who were there. Just as no one voice is soul, neither can any one voice tell the story of soul. The book presents the recollections of Aretha Franklin, Smokey Robinson, the Temptations, Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Mary Wells, James Brown, Wilson Pickett, Ahmet Ertegun, Jerry Wexler, Percy Sledge, the Four Tops, and many others whose eyewitness testimonies add up to a lively anecdotal view of the music and the life.

From the beginnings of Motown, when Berry Gordy borrowed $700 to gamble on a hunch, the business of soul was a reflection of what was going on at the time in America. Drawing from dozens of interviews — nearly all of them exclusive — Gerri Hirshey lets the participants tell their haunting, never-before-published tales of a musical phenomenon that helped shape the sixties.

As soul enjoys a widespread revival — beyond Motown and Memphis, Chicago and Philly — Gerri Hirshey gives us a fresh view of the people behind the scenes as well as those before the lights. Her revealing, richly detailed narrative celebrates the music that moved the body and soul of a generation.”


Size: 9½" x 6¼". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XVI] 384 pages.
£9.50
Nowhere to Run: The Story of Soul Music Gerri Hirshey