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‘Young Soul Rebels’ has been shortlisted for the Penderyn Music Prize 2017

‘Young Soul Rebels’ has been shortlisted for the Penderyn Music Prize 2017
08 March 2017
It has been announced that Stuart Cosgrove’s book on Northern Soul, Young Should Rebels: A Personal History of Northern Soul has been shortlisted for the Penderyn Music Prize 2017.

Judged by a diverse judging panel, which includes Sonic Youth guitarist Thurston Moore, singer Charlotte Church and comedian Stewart Lee, the titles will contend for the £1,000 overall prize.

The shortlist includes: The Rise, the Fall and the Rise by Brix Smith Start tells of the Los Angeles-born author’s sometimes terrifying time as a guitarist in the contrarian art rock band of Mark E Smith, whom she also married. Into the Maelstrom, is the first volume in a projected series by David Toop looking into the roots and impact of free improvised music, who is both a veteran music writer and luminary of this low-profile genre. Robbie Robertson’s Testimony, meanwhile, is the memoir of the Band’s songwriter and recounts a tale of grand success and self-destruction.

Daniel Rachel’s Walls Come Tumbling Down, is a history of the leftwing UK music movements of the late 70s and early 80s, Red Wedge, 2-Tone and Rock Against Racism.

This is Grime by journalist Hattie Collins, with photographer Olivia Rose, which traces the the explosive history of the genre from its emergence in east London to commanding national attention for often marginalised voices.

David Hepworth’s 1971 – Never a Dull Moment makes an impassioned case for that year being the high-water mark of rock music while Sylvia Paterson’s I’m With the Band documents her similarly besotted “writer’s life lost in music”.

Notably, Bruce Springsteen’s memoirs may have received much praise and exposure, but they have failed to impress judges enough to make the shortlist.

Alongside Church, Moore and Lee, the judging panel is completed by singers Tracey Thorn and Eliza Carthy, Roundhouse director of music Jane Beese and joint MD of Rough Trade records Geoff Travis. Its deliberations are chaired by prize founder Richard Thomas.

The winner will be announced at the Laugharne Weekend festival on 9 April.