This page briefly overviews the Primer contents and navigation system - wherever you are on the Primer site, you can always get back to the home page by clicking on the Primer logo at the left hand side of the site..
The Shades site is now set up to accept comments on entries (from registered users) in the following categories - Artists; Books; Labels; Reviews; Editorials. Registered users can also create their own entries on The Shades Blog (see Left hand Column below)
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Site Help and Contact
Use the contact form to get in touch with the Primer about any aspect of the site or R&B in general. Site Help is this page!
Top Menu - The Blue Bar
A brief and highly personal view of the origins and development of R&B - maybe a bit dry but then history often is! Plenty of links to some of the artists to be found elsewhere on the site
Biographies and recommendations of many of the greats in the blues, soul and R&B field. As a Primer, we started by including those artists we felt were best equipped to bring the music to a new audience but it's gone way beyond that now. Always a starter recommendation included and a chance to buy!
Book recommendations and reviews promoting some of the finest writing stimulated by a love of blues and soul music (and the cultures from which it developed)
Just a few of the labels and / or studios that have been pivotal in the development of R&B. Hope to add a few more over time
Concert reviews, album and DVD appraisals and even the occasional festival
General ramblings and musings with an R&B theme. Included is a special series of "Mod Memories" from one Steve Bellamy (like the Primer, a native of Sheffield, England)
Top Menu - The "Blue" Bar - Right hand Side
A bit of light relief, all word games with an R&B theme. The quiz offers a multiple choice approach and a chance to check the answers - Get 100% and you're as big a devotee of R&B as the Primer (or as sad). The Crossword and Hangman games are both java applets
Send a Shades R&B Electronic Postcard to your friends - help to keep the music alive
The Left hand Column
The left hand column content will vary depending on exactly whereabouts you are in the site. However you will always have the following available to you...
You can search the Shades site at any time using this search facility
You can visit the Shades blog or make your own entry through the links shown in this section. The Blog is arranged simply (in alphabetical order) and you can post a new entry or read and comment on what others are saying.