Listen to Soul!
Exploring a Musical Genre
by James E. Perone
February 2021, 228pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-7525-0
$63, £47, 55€, A86
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Although soul singer Wilson Pickett is closely associated with “Land of 1000 Dances” and “Mustang Sally,” these songs were cover versions that he made his own.

Listen to Soul! Exploring a Musical Genre provides an overview of soul music for fans of the genre, with a focus on 50 must-hear singers, songs, and albums that define it.

Listen to Soul! Exploring a Musical Genre provides both an overview and a critical analysis of what makes soul music in the United States. A list of 50 songs, albums, and musicians includes many of the best-known hits of the past and present as well as several important popular successes that are not necessarily on the “best-of” lists in other books.

Like the other books in this series, this volume includes a background chapter followed by a chapter that contains 50 critical essays on must-hear albums, songs, and singers, approximately 1,500 words each. Chapters on the impact of soul music on popular culture and the legacy of the genre further explain the impact of these seminal compositions and musicians.

This volume additionally includes a greater focus on soul music as a genre, making it a stand-out title on the topic for high school and college readers.


  • Allows readers to quickly get a sense of the history of soul music in a broad overview
  • Delves into critical analysis of 50 songs, albums, and musicians that define the genre
  • Broadens the definition of what is considered soul music
  • Discusses the impact on popular culture and legacy of soul music
James E. Perone, PhD, is professor emeritus of music at the University of Mount Union. He is author of numerous books for Greenwood and Praeger, including The Words and Music of James Taylor, Smash Hits: The 100 Songs That Defined America, The Words and Music of Taylor Swift, and Listen to the Blues!: Exploring a Musical Genre.

Exploring Musical Genres

Each book in this genre-and performance group-based collection provides the reader with background information on a specific musical genre, critical analyses of significant examples from the genre, and a discography and analysis of must-hear examples. Although written by scholars, the series is for the lay reader and general music fan.
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