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Soul Music: Tracking the Spiritual Roots of Pop from Plato to Motown (review)

Soul Music: Tracking the Spiritual Roots of Pop from Plato to Motown (review) Book Reviews Soul Music: Tracking the Spiritual Roots of Pop from Plato to Motown. By Joel Rudinow. Tracking Pop. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2010. ISBN-13978-0-472-05108-3. Softcover. Pp. xiv, 250. $28.95. Joel Rudinow's study of music that has "played a significant part in healing America's troubled soul" is a thought-provoking contribution to the literature on African American popular music from within the academy (2). Rudinow himself witnessed the rise of soul music as a Berkeley graduate student during the late 1960s, has performed as a blues musician for several decades, and experienced early in his academic career the difficulties of reconciling his understanding of Plato and Aristotle with a love of Robert Johnson and Michael Bloomfield. Soul Music relies heavily on Rudinow's own remembrances and experiences as both a musician and fan and follows a peripatetic journey of discovery. A philosopher by training, and a semi-professional pianist who is able to contribute a wealth of life experience to complex questions surrounding American music, Rudinow chronicles in Soul Music his own search for an understanding of the nature of soul in popular forms. The book appears under the University of Michigan Press's relatively new Tracking Pop series and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png American Music University of Illinois Press

Soul Music: Tracking the Spiritual Roots of Pop from Plato to Motown (review)

American Music , Volume 30 (1) – Oct 24, 2012

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Book Reviews Soul Music: Tracking the Spiritual Roots of Pop from Plato to Motown. By Joel Rudinow. Tracking Pop. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2010. ISBN-13978-0-472-05108-3. Softcover. Pp. xiv, 250. $28.95. Joel Rudinow's study of music that has "played a significant part in healing America's troubled soul" is a thought-provoking contribution to the literature on African American popular music from within the academy (2). Rudinow himself witnessed the rise of soul music as a Berkeley graduate student during the late 1960s, has performed as a blues musician for several decades, and experienced early in his academic career the difficulties of reconciling his understanding of Plato and Aristotle with a love of Robert Johnson and Michael Bloomfield. Soul Music relies heavily on Rudinow's own remembrances and experiences as both a musician and fan and follows a peripatetic journey of discovery. A philosopher by training, and a semi-professional pianist who is able to contribute a wealth of life experience to complex questions surrounding American music, Rudinow chronicles in Soul Music his own search for an understanding of the nature of soul in popular forms. The book appears under the University of Michigan Press's relatively new Tracking Pop series and

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American MusicUniversity of Illinois Press

Published: Oct 24, 2012

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