101 Irish Records

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  • “When the first of the 101 records included inspires you to play that CD for the first time in years, you know you’re in for a great read. There are many albums I haven't heard, and some I've not even heard of. I will have a lot of fun in coming months tracking down several of these. Everyone reading this will at some point think ‘I can't believe he didn't include . . . .’ In my case, I can't believe Rollerskate Skinny's Horsedrawn Wishes didn't make the cut; but that is what number 102 is for. I used to work with the author a decade ago when I lived on the other side of the world. He's a great bloke, and this is a great book.” ––Padraig
  • “The featured artists and bands in 101 Irish Records are far more than just the current musical crop the zeitgeist thrives on. It’s a rich and varied array of music that presents Tony Clayton-Lea’s own definition of this country’s strongest offerings, from Seán Ó Riada’s 1959 documentary score for Mise Éire that paved the way for the ‘modern school’ of Irish music, to seminal work by Thin Lizzy and My Bloody Valentine. ––Mark Downing, musicindustry.ie

Meet The Author

Tony Clayton-Lea is an award-winning freelance journalist who writes primarily on popular culture for The Irish Times. Chairman of the Meteor Choice Music Prize judging panel, he has also written, among other books, a biography of Elvis Costello and a (co-written) history of Irish rock.

In 101 Irish Records (You Must Hear Before You Die), Tony Clayton-Lea, one of Ireland’s leading music writers, takes you on a nationwide tour of the very best of Irish music, from the stars of the arena to the acts you’ve probably never heard of (but will be forever grateful that you have) – from A House to U2, from Lisa Hannigan to David Holmes, from Luke Kelly to Villagers, from Marc Carroll to Van Morrison, from Thin Lizzy and The Pogues to Planxty and The Blades.
Mixed with revealing quotes and insights from the people who made the records, and a substantial feast of other information, this book is essential for the musical anorak and casual radio dial spinner alike. More than just a list, 101 Irish Records documents and highlights the great, the good, the forgotten, the lost and the hardly-ever-listened-to of Irish music over the past fifty years.

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