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Motown, R&B (Soul), Funk, Rap, and Hip-Hop

A library research guide to assist with studies in Motown, R&B (Soul), Funk, Rap, and Hip-Hop; particularly useful for classes ETHNOMU M119 and MUS HST 64.


Matthew Vest
Subjects:Music & Dance

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Purpose of This Guide

This guide will direct you to both primary and secondary sources (e.g., recordings, filmed productions, monographs, journals) about Motown, R&B (Soul), Funk, Rap, and Hip-Hop. These resources can be used for course projects, term papers, or general research. Please contact me if you have questions, or have suggestions to improve this guide.

Subject Headings to Assist with Research on Rap and R&B

Subject Headings denote the library catalog's groupings for similarly related materials. Knowing how to use subject headings will tailor and ultimately maximize your research results.

The following is a non-exhaustive list of subject headings used to recall materials about Motown, R&B (Soul), Funk, Rap, and Hip-hop.

Library Subject Headings for Rap and R&B

African Americans--Music--History and criticism.
Motown Record Corporation.
Rhythm and blues music--History and criticism.
Soul musicians--United States.
Funk musicians--United States--Biography.
Rap (Music)--History and criticism.
Rap (Music)--Influence.
Rap (Music)--Social aspects.
Hip-hop--California--Los Angeles
Hip-hop--Cross cultural studies