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Nowhere to Run Hardcover – June 12, 1984


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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Crown; First Edition edition (June 12, 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812911113
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812911114
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #804,382 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hirshey has created a fascinating blend of oral memoirs, midnight-hour portraits of soul’s movers and shakers. -- Richard Price (for the previous edition) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Gerri Hirshey is the author of We Gotta Get Out of this Place: The True, Tough Story of Women in Rock. She has also written for ROLLING STONE and THE NEW YORK TIMES. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAME on May 10, 2003
Format: Paperback
This monumental work consists of three parts. Part One: Singing Both Sides, looks at the Gospel and Blues roots of Soul Music, the record companies that first recorded this style, the DJs and the radio stations that played it, and includes interviews with Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Cissy Houston, Ben E. King, Ahmet Ertegun, James Bown and Wilson Pickett. The pioneering work of Ray Charles features heavily here.

Part Two: City Soul, starts with a look at the early Soul artists on Atlantic and other labels and includes the reminiscences of Jerry Wexler, includes information on Solomon Burke, Sam Cooke, Motown Records, plus interviews with Smokey Robinson, Mary Wells, Martha Reeves, Diana Ross, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson and Aretha Franklin. It also includes information on Curtis Mayfield and the Chicago-based record companies.

Part Three: Southern Soul, deals with James Brown again, the Memphis scene, Stax Records and its legendary artists, Sam & Dave, Otis Redding, Muscle Shoals, Joe Tex, Isaac Hayes, the New Orleans scene, and concludes with a poignant interview with Irma Thomas.

As a young teen I was enthralled by the voices of Aretha Franklin, The Supremes, Gladys Knight, Percy Sledge and others, so this book finally made the people behind the music come alive for me.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 8, 1999
Format: Paperback
Hirshey's history of Motown and Southern Soul music offers 23 brilliant chapters, each loosely based around material gathered either in interviews or by spending time with a particular performer or group. And Hirshey writes like a DREAM. Here's Aretha at a rehersal Hirshey attended: "She waved hello with a half-eaten cheeseburger, finished it off, and walked to a music stand in the center of the room. She was wearing a red velour slacks outfit beneath a loose gray coat. A half dozen packs of Kools filled a roomy black leather satchel. Aretha lit a cigarette, nodded to the stout, dashikied concertmaster, squared her shoulders, and took a long, deep, drag of smoke. Ten feet from the epicenter, I felt the first note square in the solar plexus. It hummed through every membrane in the room, saturated the gouged acoustic baffling, rising higher, louder, in a blue cloud of Kool smoke, echoing up the sooty airshaft, a Pentecostal crack in the dense city night. 'Jesus God,' the studio watchman whispered. 'Almighty Jesus God.'" Convinced? Hirshey gets inside the frought relationship of Sam and Dave, rides around New York in a limo with James Brown and Al Sharpton, goes to a Japanese restaurant with Mary Wilson, and lots more. If you love soul and Motown --Irma Thomas, Marvin Gaye, Wilson Pickett, Joe Tex, James Brown, Solomon Burke, Otis, Aretha, Isaac Hayes, etc--you'll love this book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Buisman on August 5, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is a great book about soul, I read many things about artists that I had not found in the normal biographies. It covers a lot: chicago, stax, detroit. Only Muscle Shoals is sadly forgotten. In that case Peter Guralnicks 'Sweet Soul Music' is a better buy
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Superb portraits of Michael Jackson, James Brown, Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Martha Reeves, Mary Wells, Mary Wilson, The Temptations, The Four Tops, and many others, and a marvelous re-creation of the time they made their most important music. Though Hirshey jumps around quite a bit, the mosaic she puts together makes for a vivid, detailed look at the history of Soul.
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By missann on December 24, 2013
Format: Paperback
Five stars for the James Brown portion alone! Why oh why do I have an old yellowed paperback copy? I need this on my Kindle, so when I hear some tired warmed over "R&B" on the radio I can go to my happy place.
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