Soulless: The Case Against R. Kelly

Jim DeRogatis

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

In November 2000, after receiving an anonymous fax that alleged R. Kelly had a problem with “young girls,” journalist Jim DeRogatis broke a shocking story wide open, publishing allegations that the R&B superstar 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 18 years, DeRogatis stayed on the story—he was the one sent the disturbing videotape that led to Kelly’s child pornography trial, he was the one whose window was shot out, he was the one who women trusted with their stories.

Soulless: The Case Against R. Kelly is DeRogatis’s masterpiece, a work of tenacious journalism and powerful writing. It is an outrageous, darkly riveting account of the life and actions of R. Kelly, and their horrible impact, by the only person to tell it.

Creator Bio

Jim DeRogatis is an associate professor of instruction at Columbia College Chicago and the host, with Greg Kot, of the nationally syndicated public radio show Sound Opinions. The author of Let it Bleed: The Life and Times of Lester Bangs and other books, he spent 15 years as the pop music critic at the Chicago Sun-Times. He lives in Chicago.


“There really isn’t anyone more qualified to write about the saga of R. Kelly than Jim DeRogatis. Jim has done the work. He’s built the relationships. He’s cared about the outcome for almost two decades” Tarana Burke, founder #MeToo

“Jim DeRogatis heroically and doggedly pursued the story of R. Kelly’s predation on young women when the rest of the world simply would not care. For much of his career, Jim has been a music journalist, which means his livelihood depends on the good will and access to musicians and the music industry. All of which he jeopardized by revealing the darkest truths about one of its biggest stars. Give the man a Pulitzer, or something. Praise his name.” —Peter Sagal

Price £20.00
Format Hardback
Publication Date 4 June 2019
Pages 320
Height 229
Width 152
Rights Europe, Africa, Middle East
ISBN-13 9781419740077