in Keeping the faith
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On the hundreds of northern soul nights in venues ranging from the plush nightclubs of the Mecca chain through to the historic halls of miners’ institutes and working-men’s clubs it formed part of a wider working-class culture that in Britain had across the twentieth century danced to the sounds of black America. This was an exciting scene to be part of, whether it involved being in the crowd waiting in anticipation for the doors of Wigan Casino to open, ascending the escalator to the Highland Room at Blackpool Mecca, or watching Cleethorpes Pier seemingly about to take off into the night sky over the North Sea, such was the energy and sound it generated. It was a vibrant scene that has been described as the ‘revenge of the small town’. Yet its impact and reach went way beyond its parochial foundations, having an influence on subsequent youth subcultures and musical genres.

Keeping the faith

A history of northern soul


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