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Title: Memphis 68: The Tragedy of Southern Soul
Post by: The Laird of Enfield on September 11, 2017, 07:11:29 PM
New Stuart Cosgrove book noo available tae pre-order oan Amazon.  Follow up tae his Detroit 67 Motown/MC5 book - which wis a great read.


(https://www.birlinn.co.uk/image.php?type=T&id=4643)


In the 1950s and 1960s, Memphis, Tennessee, was the launch pad of musical pioneers such as Aretha Franklin, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Al Green and Isaac Hayes, and by 1968 was a city synonymous with soul music. It was a deeply segregated city, ill at ease with the modern world and yet to adjust to the era of civil rights and racial integration. Stax Records offered an escape from the turmoil of the real world for many soul and blues musicians, with much of the music created there becoming the soundtrack to the civil rights movements.

The book opens with the death of the city’s most famous recording artist, Otis Redding, who died in a plane crash in the final days of 1967, and then follows the fortunes of Redding’s label, Stax/Volt Records, as its fortunes fall and rise again. But, as the tense year unfolds, the city dominates world headlines for the worst of reasons: the assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King.

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 the author of Young Soul Rebels (Polygon, 2016).
Title: Re: Memphis 68: The Tragedy of Southern Soul
Post by: Robin_Wick on September 13, 2017, 10:10:44 PM
Looks great!

His book on Northern Soul is grand, too - lots of detail, tonnes of great human stories...
Title: Re: Memphis 68: The Tragedy of Southern Soul
Post by: Simon Bond on September 17, 2017, 11:25:41 AM
Yeah , Cosgrove is a cool guy . He is possibly better known for his football programmes but his knowledge on soul music is immense . .
Title: Re: Memphis 68: The Tragedy of Southern Soul
Post by: The Laird of Enfield on October 18, 2017, 06:10:53 PM
Remember Cosgrove originally as the soul & funk writer fur the NME.

Then he wis workin' in telly, especially Ch4 in the days when it actually showed programmes that wur interestin'.

Later he brought oot his Hampden Babylon book aboot Scottish fitba scandals and goat involved in the Off The Ball stuff.


Aboot a third ay the way through the new Memphis book and it's a tremendous read - possibly better than the Detroit book.

Video here will gie those unacquainted wi' the guy a bit ay insight intae whit motivates him.

https://vimeo.com/124750576 (https://vimeo.com/124750576)

Title: Re: Memphis 68: The Tragedy of Southern Soul
Post by: Simon Bond on October 18, 2017, 06:38:44 PM
All good stuff Laird , good stuff indeed . There is no doubt that Cosgrove is a top bloke a big fan of the Fakes as well . .

I do still think that 1967 was a turning point , not just because of the Summer of Love. I reckon 1989 was a turning point too because we got the Berlin Wall coming down , which at the time was unbelievable. .
Title: Re: Memphis 68: The Tragedy of Southern Soul
Post by: The Laird of Enfield on October 19, 2017, 11:57:36 PM
All good stuff Laird , good stuff indeed . There is no doubt that Cosgrove is a top bloke a big fan of the Fakes as well . .

I do still think that 1967 was a turning point , not just because of the Summer of Love. I reckon 1989 was a turning point too because we got the Berlin Wall coming down , which at the time was unbelievable. .


As a Celtic man of course 1967 wis a turnin' point!

However ah'm really enjoyin' the new book if only cos thir wur mair interestin' characters involved wi' Stax than Motown.

Title: Re: Memphis 68: The Tragedy of Southern Soul
Post by: Woody 64 on November 21, 2017, 09:11:07 PM
https://www.waterstones.com/book/young-soul-rebels/stuart-cosgrove/9781846973932

Half way through this now. cracking read. Not read the Memphis one yet Laird that's next on list.

Had a brief chat with him last week at Tailor Made in Glasgow.

They had him on a guest DJ. Played a couple of great sets. He obviously knows his onions and has some big records.
Used to see him at Legendary Glasgow club Caledonian Soul
Title: Re: Memphis 68: The Tragedy of Southern Soul
Post by: Simon Bond on November 21, 2017, 10:58:25 PM
https://www.waterstones.com/book/young-soul-rebels/stuart-cosgrove/9781846973932

Half way through this now. cracking read. Not read the Memphis one yet Laird that's next on list.

Had a brief chat with him last week at Tailor Made in Glasgow.

They had him on a guest DJ. Played a couple of great sets. He obviously knows his onions and has some big records.
Used to see him at Legendary Glasgow club Caledonian Soul

Sounds like you had a great night out Woody. .
Title: Re: Memphis 68: The Tragedy of Southern Soul
Post by: Robin_Wick on January 08, 2018, 10:55:57 PM
https://www.waterstones.com/book/young-soul-rebels/stuart-cosgrove/9781846973932

Half way through this now. cracking read. Not read the Memphis one yet Laird that's next on list.

Had a brief chat with him last week at Tailor Made in Glasgow.

They had him on a guest DJ. Played a couple of great sets. He obviously knows his onions and has some big records.
Used to see him at Legendary Glasgow club Caledonian Soul

What did Cosgrove play at Tailor Made? I've seen him do a straight up Northern set before (as you say, some big records!) but would be intrigued to see/hear what he'd play to a Mod crowd!
Title: Re: Memphis 68: The Tragedy of Southern Soul
Post by: Woody 64 on January 21, 2018, 08:38:57 PM
Sorry Robin,just saw this.

He played a mix of straight up Northern/soul tunes. Went down well with the natives. Tailor Made encourages a mix across the Mod spectrum. You'll hear RnB,northern,ska,soul and beat on any given night.
Title: Re: Memphis 68: The Tragedy of Southern Soul
Post by: Robin_Wick on January 27, 2018, 09:16:34 PM
Sorry Robin,just saw this.

He played a mix of straight up Northern/soul tunes. Went down well with the natives. Tailor Made encourages a mix across the Mod spectrum. You'll hear RnB,northern,ska,soul and beat on any given night.

Thanks! Yeah I used to go to Friday Street a lot when I lived in Scotland, always a terrific night.
Title: Re: Memphis 68: The Tragedy of Southern Soul
Post by: Woody 64 on January 28, 2018, 08:32:25 PM
When was this Robin?

Our paths will have certainly crossed.

You didn't travel down from Wick...some taxi journey home that!
Title: Re: Memphis 68: The Tragedy of Southern Soul
Post by: Robin_Wick on February 11, 2018, 07:15:32 PM
When was this Robin?

Our paths will have certainly crossed.

You didn't travel down from Wick...some taxi journey home that!

Haha! No, lived in Dundee at that point... used to frequent Friday St and Basics... left to live in London around 2012!
Title: Re: Memphis 68: The Tragedy of Southern Soul
Post by: Woody 64 on February 11, 2018, 08:09:54 PM
Good club Basics too.

I know Kev and Davie as well. Always played good records.