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Young Soul Rebels
Young Soul Rebels

Young Soul Rebels

A Personal History of Northern Soul

MUSIC

320 Pages, 5 x 7.75

Trade Paper, $14.99 (US $14.99) (CA $19.99)

Publication Date: August 2017

ISBN 9781846973932

Rights: US, CA & CN

Birlinn, Ltd. (Aug 2017)
Birlinn

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Overview

Young Soul Rebels is a compelling and intimate story of northern soul, Britain's most fascinating musical underground scene, and takes the reader on a journey into the iconic clubs that made it famous – The Twisted Wheel, The Torch, Wigan Casino, Blackpool Mecca and Cleethorpes Pier – the bootleggers that made it infamous, the splits that threatened to divide the scene, the great unknown records that built its global reputation and the crate-digging collectors that travelled to America to unearth unknown sounds. The book sweeps across fifty years of British life and places the northern soul scene in a social context – the rise of amphetamine culture, the policing of youth culture, the north–south divide, the decline of coastal Britain, the Yorkshire Ripper inquiry, the rise of Thatcherism, the miners' strike, the rave scene and music in the era of the world wide web. Books have been written about northern soul before but never with the same erudition and passion. Young Soul Rebels nails a scene that is as popular today as it was in its heyday in the 1970s.

Author Biography

Stuart Cosgrove is a television executive with the UK broadcaster Channel 4. Originally from Perth, he was a fanzine writer on the northern soul scene before joining the black music paper Echoes as a staff writer. He became media editor with the NME and a feature writer for a range of newspapers and magazines. A graduate of Hull University, he completed a PhD in modern American theatre history and has since studied at Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania and the John Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. In 2005 he was named Broadcaster of the Year in the Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Awards and in 2012 he won numerous awards including a BAFTA and Royal Television Society award for Channel 4's coverage of the London Paralympics 2012. Stuart presents Scotland's most popular radio show Off the Ball and lives in Glasgow and London. His latest book is cult bestseller Detroit 67.