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2. “In the Pitch Black Dark”: Searching for a “Proper Allnighter” in the Current Northern Soul Scene

verfasst von : Sarah Raine

Erschienen in: Nocturnes: Popular Music and the Night

Verlag: Springer International Publishing



In their negotiation of the discourses and scene boundaries of northern soul, the younger members of the British scene seek hidden and dark places in a desire to carve out their own interpretation of insider participation. These dark, suburban places privilege individual experience over public performance, experimentation over the polished. In doing so, the northern soul nocturnes of the “proper allnighter” challenge the dominant discourses of the scene’s older and influential generation. Positioned by young people in opposition to an internal mainstream, the “proper nighter” offers a space for the performance of authentic participation which is cloaked by darkness, informed by imagined scene pasts and set to a soundscape of the rare and the underplayed.

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“In the Pitch Black Dark”: Searching for a “Proper Allnighter” in the Current Northern Soul Scene
verfasst von
Sarah Raine