The Case Against R. Kelly

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Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
The essential account of R. Kelly’s actions and their consequences, a reckoning two decades in the making
In November 2000, Chicago journalist and music critic Jim DeRogatis received an anonymous fax that alleged R. Kelly had a problem with “young girls.” Weeks later, DeRogatis broke the shocking story, publishing allegations that the R&B superstar and local hero had groomed girls, sexually abused them, and paid them off. DeRogatis thought his work would have an impact. Instead, Kelly’s career flourished.

No one seemed to care: not the music industry, not the culture at large, not the parents of numerous other young girls. But for more than eighteen years, DeRogatis stayed on the story. He was the one who was given the disturbing videotape that led to Kelly’s 2008 child pornography trial, the one whose window was shot out, and the one whom women trusted to tell their stories—of a meeting with the superstar at a classroom, a mall, a concert, or a McDonald’s that forever warped the course of their lives.

Soulless: The Case Against R. Kelly is DeRogatis’s masterpiece, a work of tenacious journalism and powerful cultural criticism. It tells the story of Kelly’s career, DeRogatis’s investigations, and the world in which the two crossed paths, and brings the story up to the moment when things finally seem to have changed. Decades in the making, this is an outrageous, darkly riveting account of the life and actions of R. Kelly, and their horrible impact on dozens of girls, by the only person to tell it.

Baker & Taylor
The author of Let It Blurt and co-host of "Sound Opinions" describes his 2000 report on sexual allegations surrounding R&B artist R. Kelly and how the testimonies of numerous victims were disturbingly ignored until the #MeToo era.

Publisher: New York : Abrams Press, [2019]
ISBN: 9781419740077
Characteristics: 306 pages ; 24 cm


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Dec 12, 2019

"No one matters less in America than black girls."
Chicago music critic and writer has been covering the allegations against R & B superstar R. Kelly for nearly 2 decades, which came to a head in 2019, when Kelly was arrested. Many of his transgression involve underage girls, including Aaliya, whom he married when she was 15. There's been an ongoing debate about whether you can enjoy the work of an artist (Picasso, Woody Allen, Michael Jackson, Roman Polanski) who has done some very bad things, but I don't think I could ever listen to Kelly's music again after reading this detailed and damning book. Kelly remains unrepentant, as do many outlets that long promoted and supported him.
"It was the girls. For me, it was always about the girls."-Jim DeRogatis


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