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 also the author of Young Soul Rebels (Polygon, 2016).
'The best music writing this year is about black music. Cosgrove's deep dive into the year's events is an epic feat of archival research that has been expertly marshalled into a narrative that joins the dots between Donny Hathaway, Jimi Hendrix, the Black Panthers, police corruption and the Vietnam war'-- Teddy Jamieson * The Herald *
'An impressively granular month-by-month deep dive into Harlem's fertile musical response to a time of social and political upheaval'-- Ludovic Hunter Tilney * Financial Times *
`A book, and a trilogy, that evokes an extraordinarily creative and culturally progressive time that now feels far distant'-- Sean O'Hagan * Observer *