Reference – Books

This section provides a selection of representative books relevent to the R&B music genre and derivatives.

A new list being updated.


Title and Description
The Story of Motown

The first book ever published in America about the legendary Motown Record Company.

Author: Peter Benjaminson

Published by: Rare Bird Books

Date: Latest revised edition 2018

Rhythm & Blues in New Orleans

Rhythm and Blues in New Orleans is a comprehensive history documenting the rise and development of a unique musical form. Originally published in Great Britain under the title Walking to New Orleans, this revised edition has interviews and information chronicling the careers and music of the major R&B artists.

Author: John Broven

Published by: Pelican Publishing

Date: 2016

The Rough Guide to Soul and R&B

The definitive guide to the genre’s greatest singers, musicians, songwriters and record labels, encapsulating the entire history of soul music from gospel and doo-wop, through funk and disco, to hip-hop and R&B.

Author: Rough Music Guides

Published by: Rough Guides

Date: 2006

Could This Be Magic?: The Story Of Doo-Wop

This book tells the story of doo-wop from the start and has profiles of key musicians and players along the way. We follow the music through the 1960s to the present and see how it has been taken up by other performers. In particular, it shows the virtues of British doo-wop, which has been all but ignored. It also looks at doo-wop in the rest of the world.

Author: Spencer Leigh

Published by ‘Beatles, Liverpool and More Ltd’

Date: 2020