Stuart Cosgrove at Edinburgh Central Library


Author, broadcaster and journalist Stuart Cosgrove tells the epic story of Black music and the White House from his new book Hey America!

Hey America! is the story of how black music came from the margins of American life in the early twentieth century through to the mainstream under Barack Obama’s presidency and then was mobilised as a force for radical opposition to Donald Trump’s administration. Embedded in the story is the cataclysmic shift of public attitudes through which African American music triumphed over the many forces that had held it back – racism, undercapitalised record labels, media discrimination and the dominance of forms of music that had themselves drawn heavily on the African-American experience.

It reveals a remarkable roller-coaster of social change and shifting attitudes to black music from within the White House:

Stuart Cosgrove originally from Perth, was 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. The second book in his soul trilogy, Memphis 68, won the Penderyn Music Prize in 2018.


Tue, 25 October 2022, 18:30 – 19:30 BST

George Washington Browne Room, Central Library, 7-9 George IV Bridge Edinburgh EH1 1EG

This author talk forms part of Central Library’s events celebrating Black History Month running through October 2022.

  • Share:
Tuesday 25 Oct 2022
Central Library, Edinburgh. United Kingdom