Made in Ireland: Studies in Popular Music serves as a comprehensive and thorough introduction to the history, sociology and musicology of 20th- and 21st-century Irish popular music. The volume consists of essays by leading scholars in the field and covers the major figures, styles and social contexts of popular music in Ireland. Each essay provides adequate context so readers understand why the figure or genre under discussion is of lasting significance to Irish popular music. The book is organized into three thematic sections: Music Industries and Historiographies, Roots and Routes and Scenes and Networks. The volume also includes a coda by Gerry Smyth, one of the most published authors on Irish popular music.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Popular Music in Ireland: Mapping the Field
ÁINE MANGAOANG, JOHN O’FLYNN AND LONÁN Ó BRIAIN
Part 1: Music Industries and Historiographies
1 A History of Irish Record Labels from the 1920s to 2019
MICHAEL MARY MURPHY
2 Broadcasting Rock: The Fanning Sessions as a Gateway to New Music
HELEN GUBBINS AND LONÁN Ó BRIAIN
3 Don’t Believe A Word? Memoirs of Irish Rock Musicians
4 Raging Mother Ireland: Faith, Fury and Feminism in the Body, Voice and Songs of Sinéad O’Connor
5 "Missing From the Record": Zrazy and Women's Music in Ireland
6 "Alternative Ulster": The First Wave of Punk in Northern Ireland (1976-1983)
TIMOTHY A. HERON
Part 2: Roots and Routes
7 Irish Lady Sings the Blues: History, Identity and Ottilie Patterson
NOEL McLAUGHLIN AND JOANNA BRANIFF
8 The Politics of Sound: Modernity and Post-Colonial Identity in Irish-language Popular Song
TRÍONA NÍ SHÍOCHÁIN
9 Communal Voices: The Songs of Tom a’ tSeoighe and Ciarán Ó Fátharta
10 Popular Music as a Weapon: Irish Rebel Songs and the Onset of the Northern Ireland Troubles
STEPHEN R. MILLAR
11 "…Practically Rock Stars Now": Changing Relations Between Traditional and Popular Music in a Post-Revival Tradition
12 "Other voices" in Media Representations of Irish popular music
Part 3: Scenes and Networks
13 Assembling the Underground: Scale, Value and Visibility in Dublin’s DIY Music Scene
14 Parochial Capital and the Cork Music Scene
15 Death of a Local Scene? Music in Dublin in the Digital Age
CAROLINE ANN O’SULLIVAN
16 Fit for Consumption?: Fanzines and Fan Communication in Irish DIY Music Scenes
17 Hip Hop Interpellation: Rethinking Autochthony and Appropriation in Irish Rap
J. GRIFFITH ROLLEFSON
18 Making Spaces, Saving Places: Modern Irish Popular Music and the Green Turn
19 Songs of Love: A Conversation with Neil Hannon (The Divine Comedy)
Áine Mangaoang is Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Musicology, University of Oslo.
John O'Flynn is Associate Professor of Music at Dublin City University.
Lonán Ó Briain is Associate Professor of Music at the University of Nottingham.
"There can be little doubt that Ireland is an enduring and prolific presence in the world of popular music. The editors of this book are to be congratulated on drawing together a quality cast of contributors, whose expertise in various aspects of Irish popular music serves to produce a rich and compelling exploration of the significance and legacy of Irish popular music artists in both local and global contexts."
- Andy Bennett (Griffith University), author of Popular Music and Youth Culture: Music, Identity and Place
"Made in Ireland is the most comprehensive and wide-ranging study of popular music (broadly understood) in Ireland currently available. The contributors come from a variety of disciplines and offer a number of illuminating perspectives that should make this book of interest to readers in popular music studies more broadly."
- Timothy D. Taylor (UCLA), author of Global Pop: World Music, World Markets
"This unique volume addresses a number of lacunae in Irish Music Studies in a way that broadens and deepens the field immeasurably. Extending far beyond the jigs and reels of pub sessions or performances at rural song circles, Made in Ireland is both urgent and immediate in its examination of Ireland’s direct engagement with rock, hip hop, country, punk, and other popular genres. Underlying these sounds is a pulse of identity, rebellion, and connection to place and scene that no other current book explores."
- Sean Williams (Evergreen State College), author of Focus: Irish Traditional Music