Prince:  June 7th, 1958-April 21st, 2016. Above,  messages left by fans outside the Paisley Park residential compound of music legend Prince in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Photograph: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images

Prince was a man bursting with music – a wildly prolific songwriter, a virtuoso on guitars, keyboards and drums and a master architect of funk, rock, (...)

Prince performing in LA in March 2005. Photograph:   Kevin Winter/Getty Images

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 A file photograph  dated August 9th 2011 of US musician Prince during a performance  at the Sziget Festival in  Budapest, Hungary. Photograph: Balzas Mohai/EPA.

From the very beginning of his nearly four decades in the music industry, Prince defied convention and courted controversy in equal measure. The mult(...)

Bela Lugosi in Dracula (1931)

Even the doziest domestic observer will have noticed that Irish cinema is passing through an unprecedented period of fecundity. Others are blowing ou(...)

Founder and producer of the Other Voices live music series, Philip King. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

The Government does not give the Arts the respect it deserves, despite the huge success of Irish artists, writers and performers in recent years, acco(...)

David Bowie during David Bowie “Reality Tour” at Madison Square Garden in New York. Photograph:  KMazur/WireImage

The last time I worked with David Bowie was the Reality tour. I’ve kept in touch and we were always back and forth about the art in a monthly email. (...)

Noo Saro-Wiwa, daughter of executed Nigerian writer Ken Saro-Wiwa, with Sr Majella McCarron, at Maynooth University. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Two decades after Nigerian writer Ken Saro-Wiwa was hanged with eight colleagues for opposing the oil industry’s activities in Ogoniland, his death ha(...)

Dara Kilkenny of the British and Irish Modern Music Institute in Dublin: “It’s important to be creative and an artist, but you also need to eat and have a roof over your head.” Photograph: Ruth Medjber

The inner-city community of the Liberties’ in Dublin 8 has been sharing its streets, shops and flats with art students ever since NCAD set up in Th(...)

Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis taking Polaroid of themselves in a scene from the film ‘Thelma & Louise’, 1991. Photograph: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/Getty Images

Each week on the podcast, presenter and Irish Times journalist Kathy Sheridan asks listeners a question. This week in the question was prompted by (...)

The garage band – it’s a phrase that captures the intense, home-grown yearning of young aspiring musicians who want to be recognised by the 1980s musi(...)