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The book arrived on Friday and after a very quick flick through I'm looking forward to reading it - and your review makes it sound like I won't be disappointed!

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I'm a complete stranger to this scene but after having read his fantastic "Detroit 67" I had to order this book. I'm sure I won't be disapointed as he's a very talented/understandable writer, even for a non English fluent reader like me !

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Got it last week and finished it Thursday - fantastic read and not only the stuff regarding the Northern scene - but also a real social commentary about what life was like at the time and some of the events that shaped our youth.  Thoroughly recommend this.

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Great Review Dave, I'm not a big reader of books but I bought this and enjoyed reading it whilst away last week.

It was written with passion and a great deal of professional journalism.I enjoyed how the events of the time were inter tangled and the same with certain artists histories also.

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And a heartfelt thank you to Stuart for my mention in the book. I'm very honoured and very humbled. Respect x

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After giving up on getting the cheaper version decided to splash out to celebrate my first northern record purchase on wed with the book.

finished it yesterday and as someone not from the scene Finally there is an explanation of the schism on the scene that isn't just a description of mecca versus Wigan but a well explained description of oldies upfront etc.

I also found it refreshing that the seventies were truly depicted regarding the randomness of violence that seems to be getting airbrushed from some misty  eyed memories of the era.

I found one typo and the first mention of  one of my favourite books of all time album sulphate.

I have started flicking through it already looking for info to memorise so although I can never agree with the author on the best football team in Scotland I will be enjoying this book for a long time and no one will be getting a borrow..

 

Geo

 

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I received it last Friday, read the first 40 or so pages last night, didn't want to put it down, enjoyed it that much!!  but you  when you want something to last [like a nice 45]

Thank you and thumbs up Stuart Cosgrove

 

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21 hours ago, Byrney said:

Unlike most on the subject IMO this is a great and accurate read, really well written and also doesn't just stop the story at Wigan.

Really is worth buying. 

Totally agree. Also tells the real story of Wigan along the way...

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Finished it just half an hour ago. Excellent book, lots of great detail without losing the page-turner feel of a well written piece of literature. It brings people and the music to life; despite the sad personal note at the end of the book, it is an uplifting account of the past 50 years and points towards decades to come.

Although I recognised aspects of myself in the various references to the obsessive nature of our craft, I did manage to resist reading the glossary and index! I was also very pleased to see that it had been very well edited - although I found Detroit '67 interesting to read, it was littered with typos.

Look forward to the next book!

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Received mine today - well maybe yesterday, I wasn't in the office. My room is quite old and still has an old mantle piece - it's sat on there. A few people have picked it up and sort of mmmmmmmmmmmmm'd at it..................................... :D It's like the black arts. 

Thanks  Dave.

Peter

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Very good and enjoyable book, with some excellent stories and interesting photos, and pleasing to see that the typos that slightly spoilt Detroit'67 have been sorted out. 

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I got this at the weekend and finished it in two days of glorious Irish June sunshine - which in itself is as rare as some of the records described in the book .

Its an excellent read I couldn't put it down , it must be up with the best books I've read on the Northern scene .

Refreshing to read a book that's honest  and doesn't think the world begins and ends in Wigan .

It was nice to read about Cleethorpes , Stafford and the 100 Club and the part they played in the scene as well as a few places I'd never heard of .

Some interesting and witty sidelines like the legend of the mighty Bub or the story of the Japanese collector who donned a forensic suit , gloves and mask before trawling through the records at Soul Bowl or another guy who prayed over the records hoping to make a rare find . 

It also worked well giving a social and political setting to what went on in Britain in the 70's and 80's and how that also shaped the scene . 

Well worth purchasing .

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Just finished reading the book and I feel kind of low as i wish there was more, its that good ! 

Finishing the book , reflects getting that record you've always wanted ,only to want another one ! (never content )

It is a Great read , it's down to earth from a young persons perspective , who doesn't want to be force fed commercial music and won't accept that there isn't something more out there.

Characters from across the nation being drawn together by something within themselves.

I Totally recommend this book , "A Must Have" for any Soulie.

Good factual cover of the scenes progressive years too.

Welldone Mr. Cosgrove .

"Keep the Faith"

Frank   Webster  ,    Norwich  Backstreet soul club.

 

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Just finished this book got it on iBooks 

Fantastic book that captures the feel of what it was like to be part of the "scene" in the 70's

As I left the scene in 1980 only to come back in 2002

It fills in the missing years for me 

Thanks to Stuart and all of the collectors and DJ's that have kept the scene alive and kicking.

Wether it's discovering new gems playing rare sounds or blasting out good old classics long may this true under ground scene survive 

 

Speedy spikeeee

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I received the book for Father's Day yesterday which was nice so read it while listening to Stuart on Richard Searling's Radio Stoke show talking about it and selecting songs that are mentioned in the book.  It was a good way to combine reading with appropriate listening.

The Radio Stoke show is available for 30 days to listen to online or download at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03xfqt1

A full track listing is at the show page.

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Stuart's doing a Young Soul Rebels reading, Q&A, signing session and guest DJ slot in Glasgow next Saturday (27.08.16) - there will be copies of the book for sale on the night... 

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