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Noisy Island: A Short History of Irish Popular Music
Noisy Island: A Short History of Irish Popular Music

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Authors: Gerry Smyth
Affiliation: Liverpool John Moores University
Publication Year: Hardback 2005
Pages: 190
Size: 240 x 156mm

ISBN: 9781859183878


The first extended scholarly engagement with Irish rock music, a phenomenon which has provided the world with some of its most enduringly influential and spectacularly successful artists.

Combining expertise in Irish cultural history and popular music studies, Gerry Smyth offers an authoritative and enjoyable introduction to this important (although invariably overlooked or misunderstood) aspect of modern Irish experience. Beginning in the early 1960s, the book traces the emergence of a distinctive Irish response to international rock music, from the early 'beat groups' through the varieties of blues-influenced styles of the late 1960s, and on to punk and its 'new wave' aftermath. It also offers sympathetic re-appraisals of the 'showband' scene and the emergence of 'traditional' music, before bringing the story down to the present day. Noisy Island provides analyses of all the leading names from Irish rock history (Van Morrison, Rory Gallagher, Thin Lizzy, The Boomtown Rats, Sinead O'Connor, U2, The Corrs, etc.), as well as many others who articulated important responses to the Irish cultural condition but who are routinely overlooked as a result of the domination of contemporary Irish studies by literary and historical discourses. This book establishes the field of Irish popular music as a legitimate and significant area of cultural debate, and provides both a methodology and an archive which will serve as the basis for future studies in the field.

Gerry Smyth is reader in Cultural History at Liverpool John Moores University. He is the author of the highly regarded Decolonisation and Criticism (Pluto 1998) and the critically acclaimed Space and the Irish Cultural Imagination (Palgrave 2002).

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