Interview: Kim Clark Champniss. “Joy Division Changed My Life.” Canadian author talks about punk, interview techniques, music and life. And shows what to do when John Lydon walks out of a Sex Pistols interview!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6FLkt9gD7I One of Canada’s most celebrated music experts, KCC is probably best known as a broadcaster, both on radio and TV. Yet beyond the music there is the man, and his autobiography is a gripping account of a life lived at times in the margins of society where music is a constant companion and driving … Continue reading Interview: Kim Clark Champniss. “Joy Division Changed My Life.” Canadian author talks about punk, interview techniques, music and life. And shows what to do when John Lydon walks out of a Sex Pistols interview!

Gareth Murphy on early punk, entrepreneurs and women

  One of the best books about the music industry is Gareth Murphy’s Cowboys and Indies: The Epic History of the Music Industry. More than just a standard history, the book focuses on the individuals who made huge changes to the industry. People who founded record labels, often as D.I.Y. enterprises on a shoe-string budget. … Continue reading Gareth Murphy on early punk, entrepreneurs and women

Well, did I do it?

It was during my Christmas break in 2015 that I set myself a challenge - Read 52 Books in a year.  1 a week - should be easy? It all started with Steven Gerrard - a christmas present The road to wigan pier followed closely.  George Orwells tale of how we can show a brighter future … Continue reading Well, did I do it?

Contributors to ‘In Concert’

When seeing images from war torn Syria or hearing stories of a people ravaged by war we were moved to try and dom something so we reached out to the music community. I put some of these into Hope *2 fanzine earlier this year but we thought it'd be nice to chronicle the Irish submissions, … Continue reading Contributors to ‘In Concert’

In Concert – out now Supporting Irish Red Cross

It's been over 12 months in the making but we have finally released In Concert, Favourite Gigs of Ireland's Music Community. When we first saw the heartbreaking pictures from Aleppo we reached out to those people we know best, our friends in the music community.  Six months ago Hope *2 came out and this featured … Continue reading In Concert – out now Supporting Irish Red Cross

The Lost Women of Rock Music

The lost women of rock music Female musicians of the punk era Helen reddington equinox publications www.equinoxpub.com Books written by academics have a different style. They are historical artefacts and every statement is backed up by examples. This book is of that genre but it's central theme is so important. How awful is it that … Continue reading The Lost Women of Rock Music

Messi – More Than A Superstar

Messi More Than A Superstar Icon Books I'm struck by reading messi, more than a superstar at how much Luca Caioli wants to portray Lionel Messi as an ordinary person. A person with an amazing talent that has just stumbled across this life of fame and (ahem...) non payment of taxes. His first coach has … Continue reading Messi – More Than A Superstar

Book of the week – The Devil and Mr Casement

The devil and mr casement Jordan Goldman Verso books Previously i reviewed King Leopold's ghost, a book loaned to me by a union activist. On return of that I was given a different but similar missive, the devil and mr casement. While King Leopold's was about the Congo and the suffering imposed on its population … Continue reading Book of the week – The Devil and Mr Casement

Book of the week Pele – the autobiography

pele - the autobiography pocket books sport   Where i live in Dublin there is a certain footballer who was lauded when Dublin won the all-ireland last year.  This player had taken the championship by storm/ and won player of the year by the seasons end.  We often see him in the local park, walking … Continue reading Book of the week Pele – the autobiography

Chasing The Scream

Chasing The Scream Johann Hari Bloomsbury Press http://chasingthescream.com/ As a starting point to this review I have one question.  According to the lancet, What is the most harmful drug? Coincidentally shortly in the week where two people were shot and murdered in separate instances on Dublin's streets I started reading 'Chasing the scream', courtesy of El … Continue reading Chasing The Scream