Patti Smith

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Bono joins Bruce Springsteen on stage at Croke Park. Photograph: @fdomenella/Twitter

Bono joined Bruce Springsteen on stage during his second Croke Park gig on Sunday night. The U2 frontman joined Springsteen and the E Street Band f(...)

As I lie on the stone plinth in the centre of the Irish Sky Garden at Liss Ard, I wonder who may have been here before me. World famous artist James(...)

David Bowie albums in the window of Sister Ray Records in Soho, after the rock star died following an 18-month battle with cancer. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

For an artist as wide-ranging as David Bowie, it’s not so much a question of who he has influenced, it’s rather who he hasn’t. Direct lines include th(...)

 Bono (third from left) and Jesse Hughes (4th from left), the Eagles of Death Metal singer performing with their bands at the packed 16,000-seat AccorHotels Arena in Paris on Monday night. Photograph: Danny North/AFP/Getty Images

Eagles of Death Metal, the California rock band that was onstage at the Bataclan in Paris when assailants opened fire on the crowd last month, returne(...)

Bono of U2 performs on stage during a concert in Paris on Sunday. Photograph: Thibault Camus/AP Photo

U2 returned to Paris on Sunday night to play the first of two shows that had been postponed in the wake of the November 13th terrorist attacks around(...)

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(...)

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