With one movie out in September and another in production, plus the success of Amy Winehouse
, Duffy and Janelle Monáe, northern soul is the sound that never dies. Paolo Hewitt explores the roots of Britain's most enduring subculture
Multimedia Alert! You can listen to many of the artists mentioned in Paolo's piece and trace the evolution of the northern soul sound from Brother Ray
to Janelle Monáe by opening The Guide's cool, if highly subjective, Spotify playlist
Last June, the 62-year-old American singer Nolan Porter flew into Britain to perform sell-out shows in Warwick and Oldham. Fans who revere Porter's two massive northern soul anthems, If I Could Only Be Sure and Keep On Keeping On, afforded the singer a rapturous welcome. Backed by Birmingham soul outfit the Stone Foundation, Porter was so taken aback by the response, he vowed to return to Britain as quickly as possible.
Next month a new British film,