M Train by Patti Smith is neither memoir nor autobiography, but an Orient Express ride through Smith’s thoughts, ideas, dreams and preoccupations, stopping off at some offbeat places along the way. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Punk-poet and rock icon Patti Smith doesn’t think like the rest of us. Though she seems to spend much of her time alone, her headspace is peop(...)

 U2 on stage at the SSE Arena in Belfast. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

You expect a lot of pomp and bombast from the word go at U2 concerts. It’s just how they tend to (rock and) roll. Sure enough, Bono’s entrance - a st(...)

Bono performing in U2’s “iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE” tour, September 2015. Photograph: Paul Bergen/AFP/Getty Images

Late at night, in a fast car on the motorway between Turin and Milan, en route to meet the Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi, Bono goes quiet before(...)

The photograph was in black and white, very plain, almost stark, like a still from one of those cool French movies. It was taken by Robert Mapplethorpe, though I wouldn’t have known who that was ...The record was Horses by Patti Smith. In 40 years of buying records, it’s the only one I ever bought for its cover.

I remember the moment she came into my life. September 20th, 1978. It was my fifteenth birthday and an aunt who lived in London had sent me ten pou(...)

Tracey Thorn’s first book Bedsit Disco Queen was an understated chronicle of life as a musician. It wasn’t overtly confessional, but what made it so c(...)

 US singer Patti Smith  on stage on  the second day of the Primavera Sound music festival  at Parc Forum, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain,  May 29th, 2015. Photograph: Marta Perez/EPA

The much anticipated concert by Patti Smith in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Kilmainham on bank holiday Monday night has been moved to a tent beca(...)

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl in New York last week. Foo Fighters play Slane Castle on Saturday, May 30th, with gates open from 2pm. Photograph:  John Lamparski/Getty Images

Music fans going to Slane Castle for the Foo Fighters concert have been warned to bring their rain gear. Heavy rain is forecast across the country on(...)

 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Ringo Starr and Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day perform with Sir Paul McCartney and Gary Clark Jr onstage during the 2015 ceremony. Photograph: Mike Coppola/Getty Images

Former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist - the last of the four bandmates to earn the(...)

One of the most unusual events at this year’s First Fortnight is Co-Motion at St Stephen’s Green this Sunday at 2pm. Celebrating the healing power (...)

JP O’Malley: ‘My hope, with this new event, is to bring the Irish expatriate community together for a regular night of culture and conversation.’

I interviewed the Irish novelist and journalist Colm Tóibín a few years ago about a book of essays he had just published, New Ways To Kill Your Mot(...)