In ‘Move on Up,’ Aaron Cohen offers a portrait of Chicago through its soul music

By Donald Liebenson | 2019-10-04 | including 1 item |
“Most of what’s done in this city is prompted by politics, and most of black politics is supported by music. And so the music and politics kind of walk hand in hand down Michigan Avenue.” This quote from Chicago native Jerry Butler — a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, lead singer of The Impressions and retired politician — is at the heart of Aaron Cohen’s new book, “Move on Up: Chicago Soul Music and Black Cultural Power.”