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Movie review: 'Northern Soul' explores little-known music scene

Well before there was hip-hop or house, trap or trance, there was northern soul, an underground dance movement born a half-century ago in the industrial wilds of the northern England that fetishized obscure '60s American R&B and elevated the club DJ to hero. Related to the concurrent mod scene, both were major subcultures in the U.K., spawning their own dance moves, slang and fashions.tmpplchld All of that is what makes the film "Northern Soul," a longtime labor of love for director/writer Elaine Constantine, a fascinating reflection on an era that remains largely unknown in the U.S. Too bad then that the music and the memories are strapped to a largely predictable...