Paul Charles: promoter, booking agent and music-industry peacemaker

He has a pile of well-received books under his belt that directly reference the grit and glitz of pop and rock. So it’s no surprise that Magherafel(...)

This Is Spinal Tap: the US Library of Congress has finally smelled the glove

If you’re good you’ll get these immediately: what is the link between Metallica’s 1991 Black Album, (...)

Fearless, flawless UK vocalist Norma Winstone continues to grow into her new trio with Italian pianist Glauco Venier and German saxophonist Klaus Gesi(...)

 Julian Assange speaking to the media inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London ahead of the first anniversary earlier this year. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks who has been holed up in an embassy in London for more than a year, is to deliver the traditional faith spot (...)

Philip Chevron outside the Project Arts Centre.

Philip Chevron, who has died aged 56, grew up in the Dublin suburb of Santry in the monochrome 1960s with a passion for theatre and music (in particul(...)

Tractor factor at Moynalty Steam Threshing Festival

Fair of Muff – what do those three words conjure up in your mind? They transported me back 400 years to a bawdy Stratford-upon-Avon; I imagined it to (...)

Yes, you read correctly: €148, give or take VAT and special offers. It’s limited to 6,600 copies, and what you get for your money is a collector’s-edi(...)

The Opus 11 music shop on Dublin’s George’s Street which is closing and moving to an online environment at opus2.ie. Photograph: Alan Betson

On a small stretch of pathway along George’s Street in Dublin, a music shop is about to close its doors after more than 100 years in various city loca(...)

They’re signing up as we speak for a two-year degree course in heavy metal music (believed to be the first of its kind), which begins in September (...)

Hal Willner has gone to sea again. A couple of years ago, the producer, encouraged by Pirates of the Caribbean duo Gore Verbinski and Johnny Depp, (...)