Nowhere to Run review by Jon Harrington in Mojo January 2007
Hirshey's genius is twofold: first, the realisation that the history of soul music is best told by those involved in the medium, hence a large part of this often intimate narrative is straight oral history; and second, her ability as an interviewer to put her subjects at unbelievable ease. Here is a staggering array of voices, each is as individual, compelling and rhythmic as the records they made. Screamin' Jay Hawkins, James Brown, Wilson Pickett, Martha Reeves, Solomon Burke, Smokey Robinson and Aretha Franklin all pour forth as we travel from soul's beginnings in the '50's with gospel and R&B, through the genre's heyday in the '60's and '70's to the '80's, her analysis aided by an interview with Thriller-era Michael Jackson. Hirshey's trail takes her to Macon, Georgia, then New Orleans, New York and Detroit. Her burning question: just what is soul? The answer is here.