Soulless: The Case Against R. Kelly

Soulless: The Case Against R. Kelly

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.

Title:Soulless: The Case Against R. Kelly
ISBN:9781419740077
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    Soulless: The Case Against R. Kelly Reviews

  • Jennie

    Truly disturbing. DeRogatis started reporting on Kelly's sexual abuse of women and children back in 2000 and the book tracks that history in full up until the present day. Not exactly leisure reading,...

  • Brandon Forsyth

    I don’t use the word “heroic” very often, but it’s hard to think of another adjective to describe Jim DeRogatis’ reporting on the R. Kelly story....

  • Ian Alexander

    Incredible reporting coupled with Jim's compelling turn of phrase. This is the definitive account of what is hopefully the end of R. Kelly. Jim never gave up on this story, ran down all of the leads a...

  • Sionainn Ditto

    One of the earliest memories I had of R. Kelly was when I was around 7/8 years old in 2003/2004 and I was playing at a friend’s house. We played Totally Spies and ran around her house pretending to ...

  • Amar Pai

    Salute to Jim DeRogatis for doggedly pursuing this story over the years. His reporting was brave, and he never gave up on the girls. R. Kelly has been molesting, controlling and abusing young girls fo...

  • Simone

    "The saddest fact I've learned is nobody matters less to our society than young black women. Nobody."I don't quite know what inspired me to decide to read this book. It is hard going for sure. And yet...

  • Ryan

    The last thing I expected was to read a book about R. Kelly this year. I've never listened to his music. I wouldn't even be able to identify him in a line-up. That's how little I know or care about R....

  • Cara Deane

    Soulless: The Case Against R Kelly by Jim DeRogatis. Man.. I read this book this weekend. As riveting as Surviving R Kelly was— this book is basically a written documentary but with 20+ years of an ...

  • Nick Spacek

    absurdly well-written, exhaustively researched, and personal enough to make a connection with the reader, but keeping derogatis from being the book's focus. i burned through this book in 24 hours and ...

  • Lexi

    Audiobook. This could have been so unwieldy given the author spent 19 years reporting on this disgrace. Instead, it’s clear, moves quickly but with detail and is an incredible and convincing work (n...