Chaos, Clergy, Cash and Concerts: The Live Music Industry

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.

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Ireland’s live music industry currently enjoys one of the highest per capita revenues of any country. The local concert promoters, MCD and Aiken Concerts, regularly place in the Top 30 highest grossing live music firms globally, according to industry statistics. Yet the development of the live music industry was anything but disciplined and organised. This chapter explores the historical conditions of live music in Ireland and the factors that impacted on its development. We examine the role of the clergy in Irish cultural life, the history of large music festivals in Ireland, the ‘showband era’, the initial development of a live rock music circuit in the 1970s and the specific factors that allowed MCD to gain domestic market prominence and international growth.

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Murphy, Michael; Rogers, Jim. Chaos, Clergy, Cash and Concerts: The Live Music Industry. Local Acts, Global Success - How Ireland Produces Popular Music. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Feb 2021. ISBN 9781781797808. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=36036. Date accessed: 15 Nov 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.36036. Feb 2021

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