Rock and Popular Music in Ireland: Before and After U2

Rock and Popular Music in Ireland: Before and After U2
Noel McLaughlin, University of Northumbria and Martin McLoone, University of Ulster
Foreword by Dave Laing
Irish Academic Press

This book explores Irish rock’s relationship to the wider world of international popular music through detailed analysis of the island’s most prominent artists and bands such as U2, Van Morrison, Sinéad O’Connor, The Boomtown Rats and Horslips – and key musical movements including the Beat Scene, the Folk Revival, Northern Irish Punk and Dance Music in Ireland.

• Explores Irish popular music through many of the island’s most internationally successful artists and bands.
• Provides a detailed account of the emergence of popular music in Ireland.
• Discusses Irish popular music in the new millennium.
• Accessibly written and well illustrated.
• Fascinating quotations and anecdotes from key figures.

“This impressive and important book stands as a major contribution to the literature on Irish music. It offers compelling new ways of conceiving of Irish rock, illuminating some of its creative peaks and lesser-known pathways, and addressing the performances of key figures with impressive insight and detail”. –Sean Campbell, author of ‘Irish Blood, English Heart’: Second-Generation Musicians in England

“McLaughlin and McLoone have written an admirably elegant and perceptive account of Irish rock and pop music that not only illuminates the transnational dynamics of contemporary Irish culture but also the cultural dynamics of global pop music more generally”. –John Hill, author of Cinema and Ireland, Cinema and Northern Ireland and British Cinema in the 1980s

” … a book to inform both Irish and non-Irish readers about a fascinating range of musical practices and expressions, but also one that will provoke thought and debate about the vectors of national identity that inform popular music of all kinds and all places”. –Dave Laing, author of One Chord Wonders: Power and Meaning in Punk Rock

Hardback: 9780716530763, €60.00/£50.00
Paperback: 9780716530770, £19.95