Chicago Soul

Author: Robert Pruter
The essential text on the timeless Chicago soul sound
Paper – $34.95
Publication Date
Paperback: 01/01/1992
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About the Book

Curtis Mayfield. Etta James. The Chi-Lites. Chess Records. Jerry Butler. Fontella Bass. Chicago was soul music from the late 1950s through the late 1970s. Chicago Soul chronicles the emergence of Chicago soul music out of the city's thriving rhythm-and-blues industry and shows how it took the world by storm. The performers, A & R men, producers, distributors, deejays, studios, and labels that made it all happen take center stage. Robert Pruter packs each page with painstakingly detailed information sure to enlighten the fan and satisfy the obsessive. Recognized for almost thirty years as an unparalleled history of the subject, Chicago Soul documents the stunning rise and success of the Windy City as a center of the soul music business.

About the Author

Robert Pruter is the retired rhythm-and-blues editor for Goldmine. His books include Doowop: The Chicago Scene.

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"An important addition to the legacy of black popular music and a must read for anyone remotely interested in the history of the music business in Chicago."--Chicago Tribune

"It already seems the book of record on the subject."--Variety

"An amazing piece of work that reveals just how vital a soul scene there was in the Windy City."--Jazztimes

"Meticulously detailed."--Village Voice


Certificate of Excellence, Book Category, from the Illinois State Historical Society. Winner of the ARSC Award for Excellence for Best Research of Record Labels or Manufacturers, 1992.