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Move On Up: Chicago Soul Music and Black Cultural Power (By the Book)

In Move On Up, Aaron Cohen tells the remarkable story of the explosion of soul music in Chicago. This excerpt gives a taste of his engaging research into the rise of teenage culture and soul music's resistance against the city's infrastructural racism.

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Environmental Activist Bill McKibben On How Civility, Humor, and Soul Music Is Essential to Resistance

Talking with PopMatters about his recent environmental-themed novel, Radio Free Vermont, McKibben brings joy to the seriousness and hope to the every day.

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Ralph 'Soul' Jackson: The Alabama Love Man

2012's greatest album you never heard is a trip back to Memphis, Tennessee, circa 1968, when Stax Records was bubbling into the mainstream and soul music still mattered.

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What Happened to Romance and Joy in Music?

Pop music should not merely raise brand awareness in slick advertisement campaigns; it should also seek to inject the culture with love, hope, and joy.

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Real Life Intensity: A Conversation with Warren Haynes

Warren Haynes is the greatest living practitioner of blues-based, soul-inspired rock ‘n’ roll music. We discussed his new album Man In Motion, his life on the road, and the magic of “real life intensity” in music.

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Warren Haynes: 17 October 2011 - Chicago

I expected the performance of the Warren Haynes Band at the Vic Theatre to be good. I did not expect it to be one of the best displays of musical mastery and performative passion I have ever seen.

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'Green Onions' -- The Greatest Single of All Time

Booker T. & the MGs found themselves together, in a city of segregation, in a time of severe racial tension, and recorded a progressive, utopian party song.

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Turn Off the Lights: Cultivating Love to Get Through Summer

One sure way to care is a sure investment in health. Health, like love, cannot be bought, but cultivated, and oils the wings of love. So here’s a tip on summer cultivation, a sure way of taking care of your partner from someone who is in the midst of the seven-year itch.

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