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Robert Fontenot

The Ultimate Guide to Soul

By March 6, 2013

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Jazz and the Blues were both born in the heart of black America, sinful secular music expressly forbidden by churchgoing folks. But a funny thing happened when white America morphed jazz into swing and R&B into rock and roll: African-Americans went back to the church for inspiration, turned their gospel secular, and rebirthed their musical identity yet again. Learn about the complex history, commercial triumph, and various mutations of soul music in this guide.

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