Doo-wop, 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.