The genre has such an interesting history. In the mid-1970s, thousands and thousands of white kids were willing to spend their last dollar to go a party or buy a record of obscure soul music from the United States. All of it is laid out in this great 30-minute mini documentary from the BBC Culture Show. Financial journalist Paul Mason returns to his youth as a "soul boy" to dig into the phenomenon. There's some really poignant stuff here about what this subculture means: "There's something weirdly romantic about unknown black kids from no-hope towns in America making these records that then communicate across space and time with white kids from equally no-hope towns in Britain." Watch the doc and let me know what you think.
Are there northern soul parties where you live? I know of at least one in New York.