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Young Soul Rebels

A Personal History of Northern Soul

by Stuart Cosgrove


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ISBN: 9780857908940
Published: 19 May 2016
Format: E-Book
Publisher: Birlinn Ltd
Imprint: Polygon
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About the Book

The Ultimate History of Northern Soul.

Young Soul Rebels is the intimate story of Britain’s most fascinating underground music scene – northern soul. Stuart Cosgrove has been a well-known collector on the scene for decades, and here he takes the reader on a rollercoaster journey to the heart of this secret society: the iconic clubs – The Twisted Wheel, The Torch, Wigan Casino and the Blackpool Mecca, the infamous bootleggers, and the DJs and crate-digging collectors who voyaged to America to unearth rare sounds.

The book sweeps across fifty years of social and cultural history, taking in the rise of amphetamine culture, the brutal policing of the youth scene, the north–south divide, the rise of Thatcherism and the miners’ strike, and concludes with a picture of northern soul today: as popular now as it was in its 1970s heyday.

The Author

Stuart Cosgrove

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.

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