Troubadours and Troublemakers

‘Joe Jackson has been at the cutting edge of Irish journalism for the past ten years. Partly as a contributor to a top Irish rock magazine for whm he has conducted many of their most provocative interviews with leading figures in the worlds of politics, literature, film, theatre, film, popular music and poetry. Since 1992, his interviews with the world’s top musicians have also appeared in The Irish Times as a key feature of their Sound and Vision slot. In Troubadours and Troublemakers he draws on the original tapes of his Irish-based interviews, and includes previously unpublished material, to explore the changing nature of Irish identity during the years 1985-1996, a decade which, he suggests, ‘will prove to be pivotal in Irish history.’ The book includes major interviews with the likes of Bono, Paul Durcan, Anthony Clare, Tom Murphy, and Gerry Adams plus ‘sound bites’ contributions from Mary Coughlan, John Bruton, Hugh Leonard, Pearse Broasnan, Jim Sheridan, Conor Crusie O’ Brien and others. In his introduction to Troubadours and Troublemakers, Joe Jackson also discloses for the first time, his own deeply personal reasons for his ‘obsession’ with the question of identity.’

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