Suede frontman Brett Anderson and members of the Beastie Boys are among the authors shortlisted for this year’s Penderyn Music Book Prize.
The shortlist, revealed at a party in Highgate rock ’n’ roll bar The Boogaloo on Tuesday (26th February), includes All In The Downs: Reflections on Life, Landscape and Song by veteran folk singer Shirley Collins (Strange Attractor). Anderson’s Coal Black Mornings (Little, Brown) is also in the running, along with Michael Diamond and Adam Horowitz, better known as rappers Mike D and Ad-Rock, for their Beastie Boys Book (Faber).
Inner City Pressure: The Story of Grime by Dan Hancox (William Collins) and Going For A Song: A Chronicle of the UK Record Shop by Garth Cartwright (Flood Gallery Publishing) complete the list.
The annual award, organised by Laugharne Weekend arts festival founder Richard Thomas, is the only UK-based book prize specifically for music titles. The winner will be announced at the festival on 7th April 2018 where they will be presented with £1,000 and a bottle of Penderyn single cask whisky.
The prize will be judged by a panel including Rough Trade founder Geoff Travis. Last year’s winner was Memphis 68: The Tragedy of Southern Soul by Stuart Cosgrove (Polygon).