The shortlist also includes titles covering the history of grime and the story of the UK record shop.
Anderson’s pre-history of Suede is set to be followed by a second book covering the band itself later this year. Suede and Demon are nominated in the Music Week Awards for Catalogue Marketing Campaign.
The Penderyn Music Book Prize is organised by Richard Thomas, founder of the Laugharne Weekend, and is the only UK-based book prize specifically for music titles including history, theory, biography, autobiography.
The winner will be announced at the Laugharne Weekend Festival on April 7. They receive a cheque for £1000, and a bottle of Penderyn Single Cask Whisky.
Stuart Cosgrove won the 2018 award for Memphis 68, part of a trilogy on ‘60s soul.
The full 2019 shortlist is below:
All In The Downs: Reflections on Life, Landscape and Song - Shirley Collins (Strange Attractor)
Coal Black Mornings - Brett Anderson (Little, Brown)
Inner City Pressure: The Story of Grime - Dan Hancox (William Collins)
Going For A Song: A Chronicle of the UK Record Shop - Garth Cartwright (Flood Gallery Publishing)
Beastie Boys Book – Michael Diamond & Adam Horowitz (Faber)