Deep Dive: The Genius of Soul

“A form of funky-secular testifying,” according to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, with subgenres ranging from Motown to Memphis, soul music is many different things, depending on who you ask. Born out of gospel, R&B, and jazz in late 1950s America, soul has permeated music culture so thoroughly that its influence can be heard everywhere from modern country music to rock and hip-hop. So what is it about soul, and how did it become a soundtrack to some of our nation’s most defining moments? Hear from The New Yorker’s Adam Gopnik and Grammy Award-winning artists about what soul means to them.

Festival: 2018

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