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Interview with Archie Bell – 2014

By Michael Greig Thomas (2014) Archie on Muscle Shoals… AB: Well, you know just about everybody, even Europe, the Rolling Stones, anybody you can think of from England, anything recorded there. In the United States all the people from the States, a lot of people recorded there anything and when we did and recorded back…

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New Holland-Dozier-Holland Rare and Unreleased 45s Box-set!

By Michael Greig Thomas So, I got the word last week that Harmless Records (Responsible for the release of the Northern Soul Film Soundtrack) are to be launching another Holland-Dozier-Holland boxset fill of rare and unreleased 45s. For us at the 45s club – that’s some pretty exciting news! Holland-Dozier-Holland comprised of brothers Eddie and…

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What Is Northern Soul?

By Michael Greig Thomas The Music For simplicity’s sake, the definition of ‘Northern Soul’ is Black American Soul music that found popularity amongst the youth of a late 1960’s North England. It originally consisted of obscure and rare American soul recordings, including lesser-known songs from Motown Records, Stax Records, Okeh Records and many smaller, lesser-known…

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6Music DJ Ross Allen reviews Northern Soul the Film

By Michael Greig Thomas RA: I have just gotten in from a very small and intimate screening of the film ‘Northern Soul’ and it has blown me away. Not that I am the biggest Northern Soul fan, far from it, a lot of it gets on my nerves and just doesn’t connect Too fast, too…

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Northern Soul The Film – Official Trailer

By Michael Greig Thomas It’s finally here! Northern Soul the Film have released their official trailer this week as they build up to it’s cinema release on October 17th. The story focuses on the youth subculture that defined a generation in Northern England. The movement changed the soundscape and culture and ignited a passion for…

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Interview with Judy Street

By Michael Greig Thomas I had the fortune of interviewing Judy over the phone on the 7th of February 2014. Judy was speaking from Nashville, Tennessee where she resides; the following are just some excerpts from our conversation that spanned the decades of her musical career. We began talking about my background (being from Stoke-on…

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Nolan Porter Interview

By Michael Greig Thomas Artwork taken from Nolan Porter’s album ‘Nolan’ (1972) Nolan Porter was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, and lives there to this day. The following is an excerpt from a long phone conversation on Friday 31st January 2014 ahead of his European tour dates with The Stone Foundation (TBA Soon…) MT: So,…

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The Northern Soul Top 500

By Michael Greig Thomas I came across a great book today, ‘The Northern Soul Top 500′ by Kev Roberts. Kev has been a central force to the Northern Soul scene since the early days, so one can rest assured that it’ll be a worthwhile read. Below is ‘sample excerpt’ taken from the foreword to the…