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Harlem 69 by Stuart Cosgrove

Harlem 69

The Future of Soul

Stuart Cosgrove

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Imprint: Polygon An Imprint of Birlinn Limited
Publisher: Birlinn General
Publication date: 4 Oct 2018
ISBN: 9781846974205

Harlem 69 brings Stuart Cosgrove's epic sixties trilogy to a dramatic conclusion and looks forward to brilliant music yet to come - jazz funk to disco and hip hop.

  • The GuardianBook of the Day
4 stars out of 5
Sean O'Hagan
4 Dec 2018

"An essential read, then, for anyone interested in the politics and culture of the late 60s"

The myriad strands that Cosgrove knits together in that single narrative are indicative of his approach, which pairs deep research with an insider’s passion for vintage soul music and the often turbulent urban black culture that produced it... Nevertheless, as this concluding volume’s subtitle insists, the music made then echoes through the intervening years in the contours and creative momentum of funk, disco, hip-hop, house and beyond. An essential read, then, for anyone interested in the politics and culture of the late 60s, when soul music – in its ambition and invention, complexity and emotion – reflected the momentum of a tumultuous era that resonates still.

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