Wiley, Rolling Stones and Chris Difford compete for music book prize

Wiley, Rolling Stones and Chris Difford compete for music book prize

Wiley’s autobiography Eskiboy has made the longlist for the Penderyn Music Book Prize 2018.

The Godfather of grime has been nominated alongside The Rolling Stones: On Air In The Sixties by Richard Havers & The Rolling Stones. The book, which ties in with the recent On Air album, has been longlisted following the recent death of Havers, a respected rock biographer and authority on the Stones.

Other nominees include Chris Difford, Peggy Seeger, Billy Bragg, Cosey Fanni Tutti and Robert Forster of The Go-Betweens. Lizzy Goodman has made the longlist with Meet Me In The Bathroom: Rebirth And Rock And Roll In New York City 2001-2011, an oral history of the New York music scene which is being adapted for a documentary.

Faber & Faber, which has a dedicated music list, publishes five of the 15 books on the awards longlist.

The shortlist will be announced in March followed by the winner on April 8.

The full longlist is below:

Eskiboy by Wiley (Heinemann)
The Rolling Stones: On Air In The Sixties by Richard Havers & The Rolling Stones (Ebury)
Roots, Radicals and Rockers: How Skiffle Changed the World by Billy Bragg (Faber)
First Time Ever: A Memoir by Peggy Seeger (Faber)
Meet Me In The Bathroom: Rebirth and Rock and Roll in New York City 2001 - 2011 by Lizzy Goodman (Faber)
Art Sex Music by Cosey Fanni Tutti (Faber)
Folk Song In England by Steve Roud (Faber)
Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine by Joe Hagan (Canongate)
Sound System: The Political Power of Music by Dave Randall (Pluto)
Fearless: The Making of Post-Rock by Jeanette Leech (Jawbone)
Grant & I: Inside and Outside the Go-Betweens by Robert Forster (Omnibus).
Some Fantastic Place: My Life In and Out of Squeeze by Chris Difford (Weidenfeld & Nicholson)
Memphis 68: The Tragedy of Southern Soul by Stuart Cosgrove (Polygon)
Lou Reed: A Life by Anthony DeCurtis (John Murray)
Uncommon People: The Rise and Fall of the Rock Stars 1955 - 1994 by David Hepworth (Transworld)

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