Beautiful Day: Forty Years of Irish Rock

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Atrium, 2005 - Music - 194 pages
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Music has played an important role throughout the island of Ireland since ancient times, and it continues to represent one of the principal cultural avenues for the expression and exploration of contemporary Irish identities. Beautiful Day: Forty Years of Irish Rock tells the story of modern Ireland from the perspective of the music produced across the island during a period of rapid, decisive change. The volume is made up of an introductory essay (4,000 words) followed by short essays (ca. 1,200 words) on forty-one songs (one from each year between 1964 and 2004) interspersed with photographic images relating to individual performers, songs and / or cultural context. including U2, Enya, The Corrs, Thin Lizzy, Van Morrison, and Sin?ad O?Connor - in their musical, cultural and historical contexts, while also introducing a range of less well known, but no less interesting, Irish popular musicians from the 1960s down to the present. Although the style is accessible, the research is thorough, and is intended to challenge many received ideas relating to the development of Ireland during this key stage of its political and cultural history. The overall intention is to combine written text with photographs to produce an attractive book that is evocative, informative, and controversial, and that has widespread, cross-demographic appeal.

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Gerry Smyth lectures in the Faculty of Media, Arts and Social Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University. Sean Campbell lectures in the Department of English and Media at APU in Cambridge.

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