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Stuart Cosgrove wins the Penderyn Music Book Prize 2018 for Memphis 68

Stuart Cosgrove wins the Penderyn Music Book Prize 2018 for <i>Memphis 68</i>
11 April 2018


It was announced this weekend at the Laugharne Weekend Festival that Stuart Cosgrove is the winner of the 2018 Penderyn Music Book Prize. Stuart, an acclaimed journalist who, having won numerous awards including a BAFTA, has turned his considerable talent to writing books.

The Penderyn Prize is awarded to the best music book of the year and Stuart’s Memphis 68: The Tragedy of Southern Soul certainly fits the bill. Memphis 68 takes a fascinating look at the crucial year of 1968 when Memphis was a deeply segregated city rife with talk of civil rights and racial integration. Cosgrove explores the manner in which soul and blues became the soundtrack to the civil rights movement.

Having surpassed seven other shortlisted books the announcement came at the annual Laugharne Weekend, a deliberately small festival that focuses on literature, music and comedy held in West Wales with the prize itself being sponsored by the Welsh whiskey company Penderyn Distillery. Memphis 68, the second instalment in Cosgrove’s music related trilogy, impressed the array of prominent judges including Richard Thomas and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’ James Sclavunos.

Memphis 68: The Tragedy of Southern Soul is available now.