KEITH RYLATT was born 1950 in Rotherham, UK. After a hearty diet of mainstream R&B, soul and Motown during the 60s, Keith left Yorkshire aged eighteen to attend Manchester College of Art and, much to the frustration of his tutors, the infamous Twisted Wheel Club.
In the early 70s, he moved to Kent, in the south of England, then something of a soul wasteland, but was kept him in touch via a regular supply of soul music cassettes from old school friend Bob Foster. Bob was one of the country’s leading Detroit soul collectors and became a great influence.
Keith began to import Detroit 45s from Martin Koppel in Toronto for his own mail order set-up, Premium Stuff, which in turn brought him into contact with other Motorcity connoisseurs such as Tom Creeden and Lars Nilsson.
As well as collecting and selling soul 45s, Keith also DJed and wrote articles for fanzines such as Hot Buttered Soul and Midnite Express and in the early 80s, along with a small band of other Detroit enthusiasts, contributed to The Collector’s Guide to Detroit, which until now has remained the main reference for Detroit soul. He went on to edit his own fanzine, Come & Get These Memories as well as amassing a large collection of Detroit 45s, many of which were obtained on trips to the USA.
By the start of the 90s Keith began researching the history of the Twisted Wheel Club, universally regarded as the cradle of the Northern Soul scene and along with co-author, Phil Scott had the book CENtral 1179 published in 2001.
Keith is a regular columnist for Manifesto magazine and is currently working on the story of Dave Godin’s Tamla-Motown Appreciation Society.