In 1985, Paul Simon broke the cultural boycott of Apartheid-era South Africa to make Gracelands, much to the anger of many, including Steve Van Zandt.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / THE IRISH TIMES

It’s the sort of question that might come up at a particularly rarefied pub quiz (which, in its own way, sounds like something Hieronymus Bosch mig(...)

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Don McLean said of his song American Pie,“I wanted to capture, probably before it was ever formulated, a rock-and-roll American dream”.

Songwriter Don McLean’s original manuscript of American Pie, one of the most iconic songs of its time, could fetch up to $1.5 million (€1.3 million) w(...)

‘We discovered that we had this really easy rapport with each other in the studio as musicians.’ Above, Jeff and Spencer Tweedy

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 Musicians Philip Donnelly, left, and John Prine

Philip Donnelly is an Irish musician, singer/songwriter and music producer who spent over a decade working in the US after touring there with Donov(...)

It’s Q4 and we all know what that means. Between now and December 24th, the race is on in the retail world to flog enough stuff to keep everyone ha(...)

David Bowie, Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars

For the proto-punks and New Romantics-in-waiting, David Bowie’s 1972 appearance on Top of the Pops, performing Starman in full Ziggy Stardust regalia,(...)

It’s human nature to change your mind, but when that mind belongs to a musician, such changes can be viewed as whimsical, petulant, capricious or phar(...)

This year’s IMRAM highlight, The Bob Marley Project, is on at the Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire, this Friday, October 10th, at 8pm

Once upon a time … I was a reader, but not a reader of literature in Irish. I was a speaker of Irish, or a kind of Irish, having been brought up speak(...)

Dave Fanning: “The J1 is one of the most important things you do as a student”

DAVE FANNING Music journalist and broadcaster Massachusetts, 1974 On my first day in New York I ordered a “baggle”, meaning a bagle. I ordere(...)