Shocks, Youth and Diamond Success: 1970s to 1990s

Local Acts, Global Success - How Ireland Produces Popular Music - Michael Murphy

Michael Murphy [+-]
Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dublin
Michael Mary Murphy is a lecturer on the music industry at Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dublin. He worked in the music industry for twenty years as an artist manager as well as an artist and repertoire (A&R) manager in New York and London. He has published a number of articles on the Irish music industry for academic journals and contributes to radio and print media outlets on Irish music industry topics.
Jim Rogers [+-]
Dublin City University
Jim Rogers is a lecturer in communications at Dublin City University. His core research interests centre on the media and cultural industries, music, and copyright. His first book, The Death and Life of the Music Industry in the Digital Age was published by Bloomsbury Academic in 2013. He is the co-editor of A Critical Guide to Intellectual Property, Zed, 2017 and author of many published academic articles on the music industry.


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.

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Murphy, Michael; Rogers, Jim. Shocks, Youth and Diamond Success: 1970s to 1990s. Local Acts, Global Success - How Ireland Produces Popular Music. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Feb 2021. ISBN 9781781797808. Date accessed: 14 Aug 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.36033. Feb 2021

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