Northern Soul

Terry Christian ruthlessly exposes the bias of the London-centric media in their coverage of the history of soul music in Britain.

Trevor Nelson has something to tell us. “It was in London,” he proclaims on Channel 4’s Soul Nation website, “where British soul was truly born.” How remarkable. I had thought that, before 1978, all the big-selling, hit-making soul groups in the UK – with the exception of Hot Chocolate – had come from outside London. But in Nelson’s personal history of British soul, none of those big-selling soul bands from outside London is even mentioned.