Doo-wop, funk, Motown, contemporary R&B.
- Where Did Our Love Go? The Rise & Fall of the Motown Sound by Nelson George, 1985.
- Divided Soul: The Life of Marvin Gaye by David Ritz, 1985.
- Sweet Soul Music: Rhythm and Blues and the Southern Dream of Freedom by Peter Guralnick, 1986. ︎
- The Death of Rhythm and Blues by Nelson George, 1988.
- One Nation Under A Groove: Motown & American Culture by Gerald Early, 1995.
- Just My Soul Responding: Rhythm and Blues, Black Consciousness, and Race Relations by Brian Ward, 1998.
- A Change Is Gonna Come: Music, Race & the Soul of America by Craig Werner, 1998.
- Calling Out Around the World: A Motown Reader by Kingsley Abbott, 2001.
- Brother Ray: Ray Charles' Own Story by Ray Charles, David Ritz, 2004.
- Luther: The Life and Longing of Luther Vandross by Craig Seymour, 2004. ︎
- Higher Ground: Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Curtis Mayfield, and the Rise and Fall of American Soul by Craig Werner, 2004.
- Dream Boogie: The Triumph of Sam Cooke by Peter Guralnick, 2006.
- The Beat: Go-Go Music from Washington, D.C. by Kip Lornell, Charles C. Stephenson Jr., 2009.
- Soul Train: The Music, Dance, and Style of a Generation by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, 2013. ︎
- Love, Peace and Soul: Behind the Scenes of America's Favorite Dance Show Soul Train by Ericka Blount Danois, 2013.
- My Life with Earth, Wind, & Fire by Maurice White, Herb Powell, 2016. ︎
- Move On Up: Chicago Soul Music and Black Cultural Power by Aaron Cohen, 2019.
FILMS & SERIES
FILMS & SERIES
- The T.A.M.I. Show (James Brown & The Rolling Stones), dir. Steve Binder, 1964. 2h 3min. ︎
- Wattstax, dir. Mel Stuart, prod. Stax Records, 1973. 1h 43min. ︎
- Soul Power, dir. Jeff Levy-Hinte, 2008. 1h 33m.
- Finding the Funk, dir. Nelson George, 2013. 1h 18m.
- Mr Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown, dir. Alex Gibney, October 2014. 2 hours.
- What Happened, Miss Simone? dir. Liz Garbus, 2015. 1h 41m. Available on Netflix.
- Hitsville: The Making of Motown, dir. Benjamin Turner, Gabe Turner, 2019. 1h 52m. ︎
PODCASTS & RADIO
- DJ Monalisa on D'Angelo's “Brown Sugar” by Heat Rocks, March 2018, 41 minutes.
- Lyrics Born on Curtis Mayfield's "Back to the World" by Heat Rocks, February 2019, 51 mins.
- "D'Angelo: Soul Man" by dream hampton, Vibe Magazine, April 2000.
- On Ray Charles: “The Resurrection and the Light” by Greg Tate, Village Voice, August 2004.
- “Amy Winehouse and the (Black) Art of Appropriation” by Daphne A. Brooks, The Nation, September 2008. ︎
- “James Brown: An Oral History From His Bandmates” by Michael Dunaway, Paste, October 2014. ︎
- “The Many Battles of Nina Simone” by Claudia Roth Pierpont, The New Yorker, August 2014.
- “Berry Gordy: the man who built Motown” by Mick Brown, The Telegraph, January 2016.
- “Souls Intact: The Soul Performances of Audre Lorde, Aretha Franklin, and Nina Simone” by Emily Lordi, Women & Performance, 2016. ︎
- “James Baldwin and The Sound of Soul” by Emily J. Lordi, The New Centennial Review, Vol. 16, No. 2, 2016.
- “BitchTapes: Forgotten Women of Funk and Soul” by Laina Dawes, Bitch Media, April 2016.
- “Drenched in glory: how Aretha gave voice to embattled black women” by Daphne A. Brooks, The Nation, August 2018.
- “How Aretha Franklin Earned Her Crown As the Queen of Soul” by Jason King, Pitchfork, August 2018.
- “Remembering Aretha's Voice in the Civil Rights Movement” by Taylor Crumpton, Playboy, August 2018.
- “The Clairvoyance of the Fourteen-Year-Old Aretha Franklin” by Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, August 2018.
- “Go-go music and gentrification in Washington, DC” by Natalie Hopkinson, Slate, April 2019.
- “How Isaac Hayes Changed Soul Music” by Emily J. Lordi, The New Yorker, October 2019.
- “Remembering Bill Withers' Singular Voice on 'Lovely Day'” by Craig Jenkins, Vulture, April 2020.
- “The Stutterer's Song” on Bill Withers, by Emily J. Lordi, The Point Mag, April 2020.
- “Soul Music Gave Me Surrogate Fathers — Then Helped Me to Know My Own” by Santi Elijah Holley, LEVEL, June 2020.
- ““O-o-h Child”: The Chicago Birth of an R&B Anthem” by Dave Hoekstra, New City Music, July 2020.