Come here and i tell ya

Come Here to Me! Dublin's Other history (New Ireland Press) Ive been a very interested observer to a few Dublin blogs over the past couple of years and high on the list has been There is always something interesting to view and stories to read. Bringing out a book with a collection of these … Continue reading Come here and i tell ya

The City Is Ablaze

Music is so emotive. Most of my life experiences have a soundtrack And as I sit recalling tales of yesteryear to my 3kids there is usually a song, gig, album or band reference. My memories of youth revolve around sporting or musical events. First football match is equalled by first album. Sure I remember euro … Continue reading The City Is Ablaze

Gimme Something Better Please

Gimme Something Better - "The Profound, Progressive, and ocassionally pointless History of Bay Area Punk from Dead Kennedys to Green Day" by Jack Boulware and Silke Tudor (Penguin Books) I love these types of books.  Historical, geographical and telling a punk rock stroy.  Every City has a story and more and more cities have these … Continue reading Gimme Something Better Please

behind the SCENES with Green Day – Cometbus *54

The great DIY Vs Major Label debate is generally presented in black and white. There is so much talk about 'selling out' that we sometimes forget that some people live in both worlds simultaneously. Niall Hope got me the latest issue of Cometbus fanzine and it is fascinating. It also gives a great insider prespective … Continue reading behind the SCENES with Green Day – Cometbus *54

Patti Smith Just Kids (London: Bloomsbury, 2010)

Patti Smith punk icon + author extradionaire The Patti Smith autobiography is written with the most incredible craft. The words are used with care and skill and convey a startling depth and intensity. Naturally I am interested in any Irish angle and it appears early on. While describing her childhood in Pennsylvania she conjures up … Continue reading Patti Smith Just Kids (London: Bloomsbury, 2010)

Jimmy McCarthy

  I just read the autobiography of Cork singer-songwriter Jimmy McCarthy.Best known for composing songs covered by Christy Moore, Mary Black, Maura O'Connell, The Corrs and even Westlife!It is one of those books (like the Christy Moore one) where the author uses the songs he sung or played to describe his life at a particular … Continue reading Jimmy McCarthy