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The first million-seller in the global music industry was the sheet music of Thomas Moore’s Irish Melodies.
Using this as his starting point, music historian and industry insider Michael Mary Murphy shows that there are long chains of cause and effect that run through the history of Irish popular music from 19th-century ballads to 21st-century file-sharing.
Amid fascinating accounts of some of the biggest names – U2, The Cranberries, The Pogues, John McCormack, Val Doonican – Michael argues that it is crucial to understand the informal ‘scene’ that makes all musical performers who they are, long before they score their first hit.