"Irish Blood, English Heart" ISBN 9781859184905 has just won the Hot Press Annual (out today) Music Book of the Year. Last week it won the Sunday Times Music Book of the Year.
Cambridge lecturer Sean Campbell previously co-wrote Beautiful Day,
an analysis of Irish rock 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 these 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 alt-rock-Hot Press Magazine.