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 The essential account of R. Kelly?s actions and their consequences, a reckoning two decades in the making ...

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Title:Soulless: The Case Against R. Kelly
Author:Jim DeRogatis
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:Soulless: The Case Against R. Kelly
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Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:306 pages pages

Soulless: The Case Against R. Kelly Reviews

  • Amar Pai
    Jul 01, 2019
    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 for many years-- a seemingly endless parade of young girls-- and he's done it out in the...
  • Gaelen
    Jul 30, 2019
    I?m glad this book was written, to serve as the definitive record of the many lives destroyed by R. Kelly. But if you?ve read all of Jim DeRogatis? other reporting on the topic, and watched the ?Surviving R. Kelly? documentary, this book doesn?t add much. It?s padded out ...
  • Phil Overeem
    Jul 07, 2019
    You might think you don't need or want to read this, but you do. It's an important work of journalism, and of cultural criticism. Plus, it is brave as can be--and dedicated to the truth as rationally as it can be described. And it is a book of this moment. ...
  • Ian Alexander
    May 31, 2019
    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 and tells a story that champions journalism and its heroes, in this case poor, black gi...
  • Simone
    Aug 14, 2019
    "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, looking is exactly what is required here. Far too many people are content to loo...
  • Mark Mellon
    Aug 15, 2019
    I?m mostly familiar with the author from his biography of Lester Bangs (my favorite rock critic in Creem back in the ?70?s) and other writing about rock?n?roll. Let me confess that, old, white fossil that I am, I don?t know anything about R. Kelly?s music. DeRogatis cover...
  • Laura
    Jul 10, 2019
    For the exhaustive effort and work this author has put in for the last nineteen years investigating allegations about R Kelly, I give the book a million stars. This author is a true hero to me- never giving up on this story and these women. I did find the book a little long with a ...
  • Savanna
    Jul 02, 2019
    This was a pretty rough book. The saving grace of it all is that I think DeRogatis is an excellent reporter, and the story was clearly meant to inform and enrage, not titilate or scandalize. Also, the audiobook is good for this one because DeRogatis reads it himself, and it's a bit fun...
  • Mandy
    Jul 14, 2019
    By the end I understood why there was so much self-insert by the author, but it was very distracting to read, having no idea who he was prior to this. The book is interesting and had a lot in it, but it was pretty repetitive and I skimmed some LONG descriptions of just people around Ke...
  • Caden
    Sep 17, 2019
    I do not believe I have ever read a "tell-all" kind of book about a celebrity but was first interested in this book about R. Kelly from the most recent allegations that I saw all over the news. I can confidently say this is not a "tell-all" but the most comprehensive, compelling inve...
  • Chris
    Jul 18, 2019
    Holy shit. So many young women (and girls, just teenage girls) were victimized by this superstar and no one would listen; no one cared. But journalist Jim DeRogatis listened to them. He heard their stories, he verified their accounts as thoroughly as he could, and he reported what happ...
  • Cara Deane
    Jun 12, 2019
    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 investigative journalist stalking R Kelly. Deservedly. Unapologetically. This is WELL ...
  • Lexi
    Jun 30, 2019
    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 (not that you wouldn?t already be convinced, hopefully). Really excellent piece of w...
  • Ryan
    Jul 22, 2019
    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. Kelly. Nevertheless, I had a birthday gift certificate to spend at Barnes & No...
  • Courtney
    Jul 22, 2019
    This is a really important book that closely examines how R. Kelly's celebrity and wealth has protected him from legal action and public scrutiny for decades. It also speaks to domestic abuse and the modus operandi of a pedophile. DeRogatis gives a chilling account of the damage R. Kel...
  • SuZanne
    Jun 26, 2019
    This nonfiction book, many years in the making, is shocking not just in its well-researched and well-documented revelations of decades of sex crimes by famous R&B and hip-hop star R. Kelly, but also in its revelations of the disturbing simultaneous changes in the journalism industr...
  • Jennie
    Jun 08, 2019
    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, but important and emotional. DeRogatis for the most part tells the history well. He g...
  • Woodstock Pickett
    Aug 17, 2019
    Very disturbing, but also very engrossing. And I am encouraged that excellent investigative journalism is not dead, not just yet. The author eventually was able to work with Buzzfeed News, after his print journalism employer struggled to stay afloat. I am in my mid seventies, a bas...
  • Brandon Forsyth
    May 26, 2019
    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. ...
  • Emily
    Aug 13, 2019
    Soulless: The Case Against R. Kelly is the culmination of nearly two decades of reporting by journalist and music critic Jim DeRogatis. It functions as a recap of R. Kelly?s history of abusing underage girls, an examination of the industry machine that enabled and insulated him, and ...
  • Lacey
    Jul 28, 2019
    "The saddest fact I've learned is nobody matters less to our society than young black women. Nobody." "Soulless: The Case Against R. Kelly" lays out the crimes against R. Kelly in a straightforward and riveting way. I hesitate to say that journalist John DeRogatis broke the story ab...
  • Sionainn Ditto
    Jun 15, 2019
    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 be undercover. Occasionally we would stop and eat snacks in front of the TV. I don?t...
  • Nick Spacek
    Jun 16, 2019
    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 feel gutpunched after reading it. ...
  • Michael Nejman
    Sep 09, 2019
    I finished ?Soulless: The Case Against R. Kelly" by Jim DeRogatis last week, a book that provides a deeper understanding of this story, well beyond the headlines. His reporting is very fair and balanced, especially in the first chapter where he lays the groundwork for R. Kelly's ...
  • Sarah Paolantonio
    Jul 15, 2019
    After watching all of Surviving R. Kelly when I heard about this book I knew I would buy and read it. I want to support the spreading of this story as much as I can as an individual. The story is familiar to me. I had been following along since Jessica Hopper interviewed DeRogatis for ...
  • Bradley
    Jun 16, 2019
    In November 2000, DeRogatis received an anonymous fax that would change his life. The fax alleged that R&B singer R. Kelly had a problem with underage girls which immediately sparked an investigation by DeRogatis that has been ongoing for nearly two decades. As the journalist who b...
  • John Spiller
    Jun 19, 2019
    If I rated this book on the tenacity of Jim DeRogatis' efforts to uncover and reveal R. Kelly's serial victimization of powerless girls, then this book would be 5-stars. But to put it in terms DeRogatis would understand, that would be like saying "We Are The World" is a great song beca...
  • Kerry
    Jun 28, 2019
    ?The saddest fact I?ve learned is nobody matters less to our society than young black women?. This is an excellent report of one journalist?s attempts over a 20 year period to reveal the truth about R. Kelly. ...
  • Kassy Harris
    Jul 30, 2019
    This was a hard read. Well-written and interesting, the topic was what made Soulless so difficult to get through. DeRogatis is the original reporter who helped break the R. Kelly story and it really shows in this book. DeRegotis has been there since the beginning and it's obvious how...
  • Madison Lialle
    Aug 03, 2019
    Truly the hardest book I have ever read. It was heartbreaking and emotional, and I was beyond frustrated with the world at numerous points in the book. Definitely not a book to read if you want to have a fun time, but it is a necessary read to understand the horrors of how long this ma...