Faber dominates Penderyn Music Book Prize shortlist

Faber dominates Penderyn Music Book Prize shortlist

Faber & Faber has three books on the shortlist for this year’s £1,000 Penderyn Music Book Prize.

Faber three titles in the running are Roots, Radicals and Rockers: How Skiffle Changed the World by Billy Bragg, First Time Ever: A Memoir by Peggy Seeger (Faber) and Art Sex Music by Cosey Fanni Tutti.

The other titles listed on the seven-strong shortlist are Some Fantastic Place: My Life In and Out of Squeeze by Chris Difford (Weidenfeld & Nicholson), Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine by Joe Hagan (Canongate), Memphis 68: The Tragedy of Southern Soul (The Soul Trilogy) by Stuart Cosgrove (Polygon) and Uncommon People: The Rise and Fall of the Rock Stars 1955 - 1994 by David Hepworth (Transworld).

The prize is organised by Richard Thomas, founder of the Laugharne Weekend Festival, and is for any book about music, so can be history, theory, biography or autobiography. It is sponsored by Welsh whisky company Penderyn.

The books will now be judged by a team that includes writer Laura Barton, musician Jah Wobble and comedian Simon Day, and the winner will be announced at the Laugharne Weekend Festival on 8th April 2017.