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'Irish Blood, English Heart': Second-Generation Irish Musicians in England
by Sean Campbell
Cork University Press
November 2011 (Paperback)
ISBN: 9781859184905
Amazon link


Second-generation Irish musicians have played a vital role in the history of popular music in England. This book explores the role of Irish ethnicity in the lives and work of these musicians, focusing on three high-profile projects: Kevin Rowland and Dexys Midnight Runners, Shane MacGowan and The Pogues, and Morrissey/Marr and The Smiths. The book locates these musicians in a hyphenated ‘Irish-Englishness’ marked by ‘in-betweenness’ and explores the different ways that they engaged with this in-betweenness through their creative work and their engagements with audiences, the media and the music...
Big Girl's Blouse writes:

This year the movie version of Shelagh Delaney's play 'A Taste of Honey' is 50 years old. The Liverpool LGBT arts festival Homotopia is holding a special screening of the film on Sunday 6 November.

Mark Simpson blogs about it here:

A Taste of Honey Still Sweet Half a Century On

'Hard to believe, but this year Tony Richardson’s wide-eyed 1961 ‘neo-realist’ masterpiece A Taste of Honey, based on a play by Salford playwright prodigy Shelagh Delaney is half a century old.

Filmed on location in lyrical black and white when Manchester was still connected to its chimney-stacked ‘dark Satanic’ past, it tells the story of Jo, a gawky, dream-filled, pregnant, unmarried working class teenage girl thinking about life and thinking about death and neither one particularly appealing to her.'

As his own tribute...
A Monthly Smiths & Morrissey Tribute Night & Dance Party. (Is it really so strange?)

Next edition: Thursday, November 3, 2011

To RSVP (Facebook invite)

Dance your legs down to the knees @ NYC's most charming dance party celebrating the work of the greatest Mancunian pop poet. From the heart wrenching urgency of The Smiths' debut LP, to the social parody of "The Queen Is Dead", to the punchy Stephen Street-produced pop of "Viva Hate", to the aggressive hard rock of "Your Arsenal" & beyond... I'll be exploring all eras of Smiths & Morrissey material, accented with sounds from their contemporaries, and the younger artists they inspired. 21 & up.

• Special guest Moz-styled go-go by Lucille Ti Amore: 11:30+
• $5 cover (E-mail host for limited comp. guest list)

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011 — 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.
Venue: Gallery Bar (lower level)...
From an anonymous person:

Morrissey will perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Wednesday November 23rd.

1iota link (sold out).
Jon sends the link:

Morrissey libel trial given the go-ahead - BBC News

Singer Morrissey's libel action over an article about his attitude to immigration can go to trial, the High Court has ruled.

Bluebirds also posted the link in the forums (original post):

Morrissey's libel battle against NME to be heard next year - The Guardian

Former Smiths frontman says high court appearance is chance to 'clear my name' over alleged racism accusations


"In 2007 the NME viciously attacked me and labelled me a racist and a hypocrite. Last week they sought to avoid facing me in court to settle the matter once and for all," Morrissey said in a statement issued after Wednesday's ruling. "I am delighted...
Press release:

Strangeways here he comes

Fans of The Smiths have a chance to be locked up with ex-band member Mike
Joyce for a few hours as part of a unique fundraising experience taking place in Manchester’s Northern Quarter this December.

The British Red Cross is holding a ‘jail and bail event’ on December 1 and in return for raising as much as possible for the charity, fans can have the opportunity to be locked up with one of their all time heroes and raise money for a good cause at the same time.

The event is taking place at the Manchester Police Museum. On arrival guests will be welcomed and booked in by a police sergeant. Fingerprints will be taken and crimes noted! Guests will then be escorted to the genuine 1895 courtroom and put on trial for their crimes. They will be then sent down to spend time in the authentic police cells where Mike will be among the inmates. On their release, guests will be treated to a drinks reception and the chance to...
Headline in the Sun today: "Joey Barton tries to reunite The Smiths"

If it was April 1st I would think this is the best made-up headline ever.

Here is the link to go have a good chuckle (the visuals are classic as well.)

Joey Barton tries to reunite The Smiths - The Sun

This is a quite lovely interview with Johnny Marr in the A/W 2011 issue of 'Fantastic Man' magazine. Conducted by Moz friend-turned-foe Alex Needham (ex-'NME', now 'Guardian', go figure)

Scan from joe frady in the original post.