By the end of the year Harlem is gripped by a heroin pandemic and the death of a 12-year-old child sends shockwaves through the USA, leaving Harlem stigmatised as an area ravaged by crime, gangsters and a darkly vengeful drug problem.
The best music writing this year is about black music. Cosgrove’s deep dive into the year’s events is an epic feat of archival research that has been expertly marshalled into a narrative that joins the dots between Donny Hathaway, Jimi Hendrix, the Black Panthers, police corruption and the Vietnam war' ~Teddy Jamieson, The Herald
An impressively granular month-by-month deep dive into Harlem’s fertile musical response to a time of social and political upheaval' ~Ludovic Hunter Tilney, Financial Times
‘A book, and a trilogy, that evokes an extraordinarily creative and culturally progressive time that now feels far distant' ~Sean O’Hagan, Observer