Plastic soul

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Not to be confused with Rubber Soul.

Plastic soul is a term coined during the 1960s by popular black musicians to describe Mick Jagger, a white musician singing soul music.[citation needed]

Paul McCartney later referenced the phrase as the name of the The Beatles album Rubber Soul, which was inspired by the term "plastic soul".[1] In a studio conversation recorded in June 1965 after recording the first take of "I'm Down", McCartney says "Plastic soul, man. Plastic soul."[2]

David Bowie described his own funky, soulful songs released in the early to mid-1970s as "plastic soul". These singles sold well, and Bowie became one of the few white performers to be invited to perform on Soul Train.[3] In a 1976 Playboy interview, Bowie described his then-recent album Young Americans as "the definitive plastic soul record. It's the squashed remains of ethnic music as it survives in the age of Muzak, written and sung by a white limey."[3]

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  1. ^ The Beatles (2000). The Beatles Anthology. San Francisco: Chronicle Books. p. 194. ISBN 0-8118-2684-8. 
  2. ^ Anthology 2 (booklet). The Beatles. London: Apple Records. 1996. 34448. 
  3. ^ a b "Interview with David Bowie". Playboy. September 1976.