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Watson L.
2020 January
Made in Ireland: Studies in Popular Music
Don’t believe a word?: Memoirs of irish rock musicians
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This chapter discusses the rock memoir as it pertains to Irish music since the 1970s. It builds on the emerging body of scholarship on rock memoirs, which has thus far focused on the autobiographical writings of US and UK musicians. The chapter offers an overview of how Irish recording artists are represented in this literary genre, while noting how this also parallels trends in the global content of rock memoirs. I focus on case studies of four Dublin acts and their lead singers, who emerged in the 1970s and 1980s: U2 and Bono; Thin Lizzy and Phil Lynott; the Boomtown Rats and Bob Geldof; Aslan and Christy Dignam. While these acts all originated in the capital, they each possess distinctive Irish artistic identities, which are reproduced in various ways via the literary medium of the memoir. I analyse the memoirs in relation to aspects of their musical outputs, noting how these narratives serve to reinforce the self-images of the artists and work to (re)construct how the public understands and historicises them.
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