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).
'Cosgrove recalls [the Northern Soul scene] with a passionate honesty that never shirks, laying bare the dark side behind his personal eulogy to a whole musical genre... An ideal book for Christmas for any "old soldier" keen to reminded of the glories of youth just as it would also suit anyone curious to be introduced to a whole underground sub-culture. Whichever you are, there are many striking moments that provide continuing food for thought. That's what I call a good book'* Congleton Courier *