Shocks, Youth and Diamond Success: 1970s to 1990s
Michael Murphy [+]
Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dublin
Jim Rogers [+]
Dublin City University
This chapter traces the development of the Irish music scene from Ireland’s trio of commercial rock successes in the early 1970s, Horslips, Rory Gallagher and Thin Lizzy, to the punk/new wave’s bands and entrepreneurs. Irish emigrant entrepreneurs in London, most notably Ted Carroll (Chiswick Records), Dave Robinson (Stiff Records) and Paul Charles (Asgard booking agency whose clients included Buzzcocks, Gang of Four and the Undertones) played a key role in the punk/new wave/D.I.Y. movement. In Ireland they combined with a network of local ‘Ents Entrepreneurs’ (part-time student union social secretaries) to develop Ireland’s live music circuit. The careers of the Boomtown Rats, the Undertones, Stiff Little Fingers, U2, Enya, Clannad, Sinead O’Connor, Therapy?, My Bloody Valentine, Hothouse Flowers, Something Happens!, Microdisney, the Cranberries, Boyzone, Westlife, Samantha Mumba, the Frames and the Riverdance production are placed in the context of the Irish music scene and the global industry of the era.