Friday 19 January 2018

Ed Power

Dublin calling: The Clash played Trinity College in 1977

The Clash at Trinity: an education in punk 

The news broke just as the queue had started to form outside the exam hall of Trinity College Dublin on the evening of October 21, 1977. Half a world away, a plane carrying American classic rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd had crashed during landing, claiming the lives of several band members and backing crew. This seemed a grisly metaphor for the upheavals then gripping rock and roll, with the old dinosaurs of the genre being, or so it felt, violently deposed for the up-and-comers from punk.

Talking about a new generation: Lady Gaga headlined the Saturday night at the festival

Coachella gives kids the pop-fest they want - do young people have any interest in rock 'n' roll anymore? 

Coachella is the Paris Hilton of rock festivals: glitzy, Californian, not quite as talked about as it used to be. But the event surged back to prominence last weekend thanks to a double infusion of pop royalty. Lady Gaga debuted a new song, 'The Cure', which immediately began trending worldwide on Twitter, while mysterious teenager Lorde sealed her comeback with an eye-popping performance...