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Young Soul Rebels


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Stuart Cosgrove originally from Perth, 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. 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. He is the author of Young Soul Rebels (Polygon, 2016).


'Sheer poetry . . . it truly is a personal history, but it weaves its way through our own history as well. Buy the book, you won't regret it'

'Cosgrove recalls [the Northern Soul scene] with a passionate honesty that never shirks, laying bare the dark side behind his personal eulogy to a whole musical genre… there are many striking moments that provide continuing food for thought. That’s what I call a good book'
*Congleton Courier*

'A thoughtful and impassioned memoire, complete with sociopolitical analysis'

'it simply scintillates'
*Record Collector, 5 Stars*

'an enjoyable account of the northern soul scene...It's not just first-hand memories here, we also get a detailed history from the scene's root to the present day...fascinating'
*Mojo, 5 Stars*

'Not so much a book, but an LP with pages and pictures. Cosgrove gives northern soul the loud, upbeat voice it deserves'
*The Skinny, 5 Stars*

'Witty . . . and hard-hitting in equal measure' 
*Scootering Magazine*

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