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.
Miss Rhythm: The Autobiography of Ruth Brown, Rhythm and Blues Legend by Ruth Brown, Andrew Yule, 1996.
- 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.
Party Music: The Inside Story of the Black Panthers Band and How Black Power Transformed Soul Music by Rickey Vincent, 2013.
- 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. ︎
- Got to Be Something Here: The Rise of the Minneapolis Sound by Andrea Swensson, 2017.
- Bruce W. Talamon. Soul. R&B. Funk. Photographs 1972–1982 by Pearl Cleage, 2018.
Time Is Tight: My Life Note by Note by Booker T. Jones, October 2019.
- Move On Up: Chicago Soul Music and Black Cultural Power by Aaron Cohen, 2019.
- The Meaning of Soul: Black Music and Resilience Since the 1960s by Emily J. Lordi, July 2020.
- Why Solange Matters by Stephanie Phillips, April 2021.
- It Ain't Retro: Daptone Records & The 21st-Century Soul Revolution by Jessica Lipsky, July 2021.
FILMS & SERIES
FILMS & SERIES
- The T.A.M.I. Show (James Brown & The Rolling Stones), dir. Steve Binder, 1964. 2h 3min. ︎
- Soul to Soul, dir. Denis Sanders, 1971. 1h 36m.
- Wattstax, dir. Mel Stuart, prod. Stax Records, 1973. 1h 43min. ︎
- Soul Power, dir. Jeff Levy-Hinte, 2008. 1h 33m.
- Unsung, prod. TV One. November 2008 - Present (15 seasons). Some highlights:
- "Phyllis Hyman," Season 1, Episode 1.
- “Rose Royce,” Season 3, Episode 1.
- “Sylvester,” Season 3, Episode 2.
- “Vesta Williams,” Season 4, Episode 10.
- “Millie Jackson,” Season 4, Episode 15.
“Kid ‘N Play,” Season 8, Episode 7.
- “H-Town,” Season 8, Episode 16.
- “Blue Magic,” Season 12, Episode 4.
- “Avant,” Season 12, Episode 7.
- “Michel'le,” Season 13, Episode 9.
- “Betty Wright,” Season 14, Episode 15.
Barbara Lynn & Friends, 2009. 58m.
- 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. ︎
- Summer of Soul, dir. Questlove, 2021. 1h 57m.
- Respect, dir. Liesl Tommy, 2021. 2h 25m.
- Companion read: “Aretha Franklin and the Futility of Trying to Portray Her Onscreen” by Salamishah Tillet, The New York Times, August 2021.
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.
- “A Band On The Right Side Of History” by Us & Them, July 2021. 35 minutes.
- “Mary J. Blige – The Tour (Review)” by Craig Seymour, Metro Weekly, July 1998.
- “Jody Watley, Staying Power” by Craig Seymour, Pride Guide, 1999.
- "D'Angelo: Soul Man" by dream hampton, Vibe Magazine, April 2000.
- “Rick James, ‘Street Songs’” by Craig Seymour, October 2001.
- “Monica, Pain Is Love” by Craig Seymour, VIBE, October 2002.
- On Ray Charles: “The Resurrection and the Light” by Greg Tate, Village Voice, August 2004.
“Luther Vandross: A Tribute” by Craig Seymour, VIBE, October 2005.
- “Amy Winehouse and the (Black) Art of Appropriation” by Daphne A. Brooks, The Nation, September 2008. ︎
- “'I Thought He Was a Messenger': Making Stevie Wonder's 'Talking Book'” by Chris Williams, The Atlantic, October 2012.
- “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.
- “Behind the Scenes of D’Angelo’s Black Messiah” by Chris Williams, RBMA, May 2015.
“The Soulquarians at Electric Lady: An Oral History” by Chris Williams, RBMA, June 2015.
- “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.
“The Making of Minnie Riperton's 1974 Masterpiece 'Perfect Angel'” by Chris Williams, Okayplayer, February 2018.
- “Barbara Lynn” by National Endowment for the Arts, July 2018.
- “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.
- “Divine Diva: The Gays Who Shaped Aretha Franklin’s Gospel Soul” by Craig Seymour, August 2018.
"15 Years Later: The Oral History Of Alicia Keys' 'Diary of Alicia Keys' Album" by Camille Augustin, VIBE, December 2018.
- “The Making of Brandy's Timeless Self-Titled Debut Album, According to Producer Keith Crouch” by Chris Williams, OkayPlayer, 2019.
“Unsung Women of Motown” by Ashawnta Jackson, Sisters, March 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.
- “A Lover's Blues: The Unforgettable Voice of Margie Hendrix” by Tarisai Ngangura, Longreads, September 2020.
- “Remember the Sound: An Oral History of Philadelphia International Records” by John Murph, TIDAL, February 2021.
- “How James Brown’s Star Time Revolutionized the Box-Set Game—and Cemented His Legacy” by Michaelangelo Matos, Pitchfork, May 2021.
- “Midnight Girl/Would You Like to Love Me: On Two of My Favorite Songs by My Father” by Harmony Holiday, Black Music and Black Muses, April 2021.
- “How Ronald Isley Became a Multigenerational Sex Symbol” by Bonsu Thompson, LEVEL, June 2021.
- “The Origin Story of D'Angelo” by Chris Williams, Okayplayer, June 2021.
- “The Ugly Battle Over Nina Simone's Life Story” by Cheyenne Roundtree, The Daily Beast, August 2021.
- “What Made Aaliyah So Special Is Complicated” by Aisha Harris, NPR Music, August 2021.
- “In Labelle And Beyond, Sarah Dash Could Never Fade Into The Background” by Maureen Mahon, NPR Music, September 2021.
- “R&B en Español Is on the Rise, But Who Gets to Have Visibility?” by Jennifer Mota, R29 Somos, September 2021.