Cambridge lecturer Campbell previously co-wrote Beautiful Day, an analysis of Irish rock music over the past 40 years. In Irish Blood English Heart, he examines the impact made on English music by Kevin Rowland, Shane MacGowan and Morrissey. All have credited their Irish backgrounds with influencing their music. Along with exploring the mordant wit and powerfully expressive lyrics that characterise the work of the three artists, Campbell also reveals some truly gobsmacking stories, including that Morrissey's anti-Thatcherite politics compelled An Phoblacht to publish a mid-80s editorial praising The Smiths, thus forging a highly improbable link between republicanism and early alternative rock. So perhaps we can expect Gerry Adams to look to the Comsat Angels or Psychedelic Furs to provide Sinn Fein’s campaign anthem.
Publication date: March 23rd