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Saturday 21 April 2018

Unique era of music captured in new book

Early days of the hairs apparent of rock glory

U2 and the Dublin Music Scene
U2 and the Dublin Music Scene
Mark O'Regan

Mark O'Regan

IT'S a unique pictorial flashback to a time when Bono and U2 were the centrepiece of a remarkable music revolution in Dublin.

It was also an era when some well-known names were beginning to make their mark and The Edge was literally 'uncut'. He is pictured with a bushy head of hair as his U2 colleagues sport hairstyles much different from today.

A new book published today particularly captures the atmosphere in Dublin during the period 1978-1981, as the country battled recession and unemployment.

Despite these problems the book, 'Where the Streets Have 2 Names: U2 & the Dublin Music Scene', shows the capital was the centre of a flowering music scene at the time. It would spawn some remarkable talent, which would go on to receive international recognition.

The trip down memory lane is captured in hundreds of previously unpublished pictures by award-winning photographer Patrick Brocklebank. They provide a fascinating visual insight into the early days of Bono and U2 as they were beginning to make their mark with fans.

The book says: "Ireland's punk and new wave movement was incubated in venues like Moran's Hotel, the Dandelion Market, the Projects Arts Centre and McGonagles. A number of other groups are also featured including The Virgin Prunes, The Blades, The Black Catholics, The Undertones and The Buzzcocks.

Irish Independent

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