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Northern Soul Comes To New Jersey


“One might not know it looking around at the silver-haired men and primly dressed women, but in the late 60’s many of them were teenage Mods who packed dance clubs in bleak industrial cities in northern England like Manchester, York and Stoke-on-Trent, creating what came to be known as Northern Soul.”

One might not know it looking at the above quote, but this was from a piece in Wednesday’s New York Times about the British Pilgrims Trail: a plane load of Northern Soul fans holed up in the East Brunswick Hilton watching performances by Archie Bell and the Drells, Ronnie Walker, Bobby Cutchins and the like. The analysis of the Northern Soul culture seems fair enough to this Brit; what I want to know, though, is since when York was considered “a bleak industrial city”?

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