Monthly Archives: January 2016

Young Soul Rebels: A Personal History of Northern Soul (Paperback)


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by Stuart Cosgrove
Release Date: 19 May 2016

Young Soul Rebels: A Personal History of Northern Soul Paperback – 19 May 2016 by Stuart Cosgrove (Author), Cover photograph taken by Brian Cannon (Illustrator)

‘Nothing will ever compare to the amphetamine rush of my young life and the night I was nearly buggered by my girlfriend s uncle in the Potteries …’

 The opening line of Stuart Cosgrove’s Young Soul Rebels sets up a compelling and intimate story of northern soul, Britain’s most fascinating musical underground scene, and takes the reader on a journey into the iconic clubs that made it famous The Twisted Wheel, The Torch, Wigan Casino, Blackpool Mecca and Cleethorpes Pier the bootleggers that made it infamous, the splits that threatened to divide the scene, the great unknown records that built its global reputation and the crate-digging collectors that travelled to America to unearth unknown sounds. Continue reading Young Soul Rebels: A Personal History of Northern Soul (Paperback)

Keyjam

Recording Artist, Record Label Owner, Artist Development, Record Producer, Remixer, Song Writer, Marketing and Promotions, Music Licensing, Social Media Blogger, Award winning Poet and Playwright.

Dee’s involvement in the UK music industry stretches over 4 decades, from as teenager during the mid seventies securing exclusive promotional service from American labels Casablanca Records (Donna Summers, Cameo and Giorgio Moroder), Cotillion Records (Luther Vandross) and Bang Records (Peabo Bryson) to source the top taste making, UK club and radio Djs. Continue reading Keyjam

Cleveland P. Jones

It’s a rarity for the world to experience artistry that is so genuine, so heartfelt…so captivating. Welcome to the world of singer/songwriter, Cleveland P. Jones. He is the true embodiment of soul and jazz. In a world where there is only a handful of artists that will earn the title of “legend”, Mr. Jones is surely in route to earning his rightful place in musical history.

When asked about his future in the music industry, he stated “my mission is longevity, not instant fame. I’ve learned by example and experience that rushing a good thing normally ends abruptly and suffers long…what’s intended for me will be, I will always work harder and give my very best.” Continue reading Cleveland P. Jones

Elbowed-Out

During 2012 we at Soul Junction Records were fortunate to discover two excellent unissued Oliver Cheatham tracks “Don’t Pop The Question/Good Guys Don’t Make Good Lovers” (SJ518) and it was during the brokering of a subsequent licensing deal that we were introduced to the songs producer Mr. Bill Miller (who just happened to be Oliver’s cousin). During a later conversation Bill mentioned that he had some other unissued material on a group by the name of Elbowed-Out that he worked with while living in Seattle, Washington and would we be interested in hearing it ? Well, if it was anything near as good as the Cheatham tracks then you bet we would! Well it was and two well received 45 singles from Elbowed-Out would eventually be released, firstly the double sided dance 45 “Taking A Step” b/w “Girl You Got Magic” (SJ523) in 2013. Followed by Continue reading Elbowed-Out

Detroit 67: The Year That Changed Soul


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Stuart Cosgrove

Detroit 67 is the story of Detroit in the year that changed everything. Twelve monthly chapters take you on a turbulent year long journey through the drama and chaos that ripped through the city in 1967. Over a dramatic 12-month period, the Motor City was torn apart by personal, political and inter-racial disputes. It is the story of Motown, the breakup of The Supremes and the implosion of the most successful African-American music label ever. Set against a backdrop of urban riots, escalating war in Vietnam and police corruption, the book weaves its way through a year when soul music came of age, and the underground counterculture flourished. LSD arrived in the city with hallucinogenic power and local guitar-band MC5 -self-styled “holy barbarians” of rock went to war with mainstream America. A summer of street-level rebellion turned Detroit into one of the most notorious cities on earth, known for its unique creativity, its unpredictability and self-lacerating crime rates. 1967 ended in social meltdown, personal bitterness and intense legal warfare as the complex threads that held Detroit together finally unraveled. Detroit 67 is the story of the year that changed everything.