The Rough Guide to Soul and R&B
By Peter Shapiro
The Songs, the Singers, the Stories, the Soul
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The Rough Guide to Soul and R&B is the definitive guide to the genre’s greatest singers, musicians, songwriters, and record labels, encapsulating the entire history of soul music from gospel and doo-wop, through funk and disco, to hip-hop and R&B. The guide includes detailed profiles of more than 300 artists, from such legends as Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, and Sam Cooke to contemporary stars like Prince, Mary J. Blige, and Destiny’s Child. There are reviews of hundreds of landmark albums, from James Brown’s Live at the Apollo to Missy Elliott’s Supa Dupa Fly.