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  'Irish Blood, English Heart': Second-Generation Irish Musicians in England



 
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Authors: Sean Campbell
Affiliation: Anglia Ruskin University
Publication Year: Softback November 2011
Pages: 272
Size: 234 x 156mm

ISBN: 9781859184905
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Winner of the Hot Press Music Book of the Year (2011) and The Sunday Times Music Book of the Year (2011)

Second-generation Irish musicians have played a vital role in the history of popular music in England.

This book explores the role of Irish ethnicity in the lives and work of these musicians, focusing on three high-profile projects: Kevin Rowland and Dexys Midnight Runners, Shane MacGowan and The Pogues, and Morrissey/Marr and The Smiths. The book locates these musicians in a hyphenated ‘Irish-Englishness’ marked by ‘in-between-ness’ and explores the different ways that they engaged with this in-betweenness through their creative work and their engagements with audiences, the media and the music industry.


The book draws on extensive archival research of print and audio-visual media as well as original interviews with the key figures, including Shane MacGowan, Johnny Marr, Kevin Rowland and Cáit O’Riordan. Combining its assiduous research with fresh critical insights, the book offers new analyses of the musicians, as well as previously undocumented accounts of their lives and work. The book highlights the diversity and complexity of second-generation Irish identities and experience and details the diverse ways in which this generation has shaped popular music in England. Accessible and original, ‘Irish Blood, English Heart’ will be of interest to students and scholars in the fields of popular music, media/cultural studies, and ethnic/migration studies. It will also appeal to a wider audience of those interested in the musicians with whom it deals.

Sean Campbell is Senior Lecturer in the Department of English and Media at Anglia Ruskin in Cambridge, England, and is the co-author of Beautiful Day: 40 Years of Irish Rock  (Cork University Press, 2005).



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Written in a lucid and comprehensible style Irish March 6, 2012
Reviewer: Matteo Cullen Irish Literary Supplement from Republic of Ireland  
Written in a lucid and comprehensible style  Irish Blood  English Heart is both pleasurable and informative. the book is a major contribution to Irish musical studies and cultural studies more generally.

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Sunday Times Music Book of the Year 2011 Sean C December 13, 2011
Reviewer: Niall Toner Sunday Times from Republic of Ireland  
Sunday Times Music Book of the Year 2011    Sean Campbell analyses the 1980s  when English born Irish musicians such as the Pogues and Morrisey were at the forefront of British popular culture  to tease out the complex relationships between the artists and their nationality  and the influence it had in their output.

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We long ago embraced Wilde Shaw and Sheridan all October 17, 2011
Reviewer: Philip Chevron The Pogues from Republic of Ireland  
We long ago embraced Wilde  Shaw and Sheridan  all Irish playwrights living in England  as integral to a lively British theatre culture. Until now  we have heard less about Morrissey  MacGowan  Rowland and the rest of the second generation Irish in British popular music. Sean Campbell s enthralling study  with its direct access to these musicians  incisively opens the discussion and sets an exceptionally high standard against which all other interrogations of post colonialism in pop culture are likely to be weighed.

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Four stars Brilliant October 17, 2011
Reviewer: MOJO Magazine from Republic of Ireland  
Four stars Brilliant

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This is not just a subtle and sophisticated schola October 17, 2011
Reviewer: Simon Frith Tovey Professor of Music University from Republic of Ireland  
This is not just a subtle and sophisticated scholarly contribution to popular music and Irish studies. It is also a fine and exciting account of how music can be used to make sense of the complexity  anxiety and exhilaration of contemporary cultural identities

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