Author(s): Gerri Hirshey
A portrait of soul music recounted by the voices of the people who were there, presenting the recollections of soul greats such as ray Charles, Ben E. King, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye and Diana Ross. Author Gerri Hirshey draws on an impressive list of interviews to trace the history of soul from the beginnings of Motown to its influence on the musical diaspora of the 1960s.
"Soul to me is a feeling, a lot of depth and being able to bring to the surface that which is happening inside, to make the picture clear. The song doesn't matter...it's just the emotion, the way it affects other people'. ------ Aretha Franklin"
Gerri Hirshey is a freelance writer who has written for Rolling Stone and The New York Times. She is also the author of We Gotta Get Outta This Place: The True, Tough Story of Women in Rock