Book Review: Move On Up: Chicago Soul Music and Black Cultural Power

Well remembered as a locus point for blues and jazz, Chicago also gave rise to soul music. Writer, scholar, and part-time DJ Aaron Cohen uncovers that history in this book, and how the rise of soul coincided with the black empowerment in Chicago. Some of the most legendary soul acts of all time came from the Chicago soul scene, including Earth, Wind, and Fire, Chaka Khan and Minnie Riperton. Cohen draws from over 100 interviews to recreate the music and atmosphere of the time. The book shows how music can inspire and uplift entire communities and become an outlet for frustration.

By Aaron Cohen

(paperback) $20.00