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