Know Your Soul:The Music of A Lifetime

Know Your Soul: The Music of A Lifetime is simply about how the culture of the time created Black music and vice versa. Mankind chronicles history, but most of music and in this case Black music, is a direct reflection of the culture elements of the time.


Know Your Soul: The Music of a Lifetime, is just that, the “music of my life”. This book is about the intersection of black music and black culture from 1960 to 1990, my musical sweet spot.  The book will reflect how cultural markers that I lived through, such as Gospel, Civil Rights, War/Protest, Black Pride, Soul Train, Motown and Black Movies were the catalyst for the creation of some of the greatest music of the last century. You will be connected with musical memories, educated on that link of R&B with Black culture and presented with questions on each subject area. Want to know "How Deep is Your Soul" take our musical challenge and find out at the end of every chapter. Join us for Classic Soul fun and knowledge.

About the Author

Robert A. Brown is an author, lecturer and Rhythm & Blues (R&B) music cultural anthropologist with an in- depth knowledge focusing on the musical period from the mid 1960’s to 1990, often referred to as Classic Soul. Connecting the music to the social, cultural and political influences of the times makes his expertise above that of most category experts. He created, developed the content/syllabus and taught a course at the University of California – Berkeley Extension, titled the Musical Soul of the 1960’s & 70’s, which explored the music of the era and its impact on America. Robert was the founder of the Bay Area R&B Society established in 2002 plus presently is an in-studio host and consultant on the weekly on-line show, We Luv Rare Grooves, which features artist/songs that the commercial stations have overlooked
Robert has written columns for musical publications, lectured on the evolution of the R&B sound and is the author of a new book, Know Your Soul: The Music of A Lifetime. He’s had a lifelong love for R&B music that includes a substantial music library of albums, 45’s, CD’s, and books on the subject matter with his extensive vinyl collection being featured in an issue of Black Enterprise Magazine.