“I Got Something Good”

  • Sarah RaineEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of Subcultures and Popular Music book series (PSHSPM)


In this chapter, we explore what the shared identity of scene engagement means for the younger generation of the northern soulies, how they enter into it, how they learn what a northern soul identity is, and the processes through which they take on and publicly perform this identity. The chapter begins with the experience of the author’s own introduction to the scene and the ways in which her understanding of a northern soul identity, and the boundaries of the scene itself, shifted as her engagement changed over time. Turning to extracts from unstructured interviews, the different “ways in” to the scene for four young people are explored as we reflect upon the significance of these shared and individual understandings in relation to theories of identity.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Edinburgh Napier UniversityEdinburghUK

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