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Book launch: Songs of Social Protest

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Dr Amanda Haynes, Dr Martin J. Power, Dr Aileen Dillane and Prof. Eoin Deveraux. Photo: Alan Place

A major collection of essays entitled Songs of Social Protest was launched last week at the University of Limerick. Running to almost 700 pages, the book was edited by Aileen Dillane, Martin J. Power, Eoin Devereux and Amanda Haynes. It features research on many diverse singers and genres from Damien Dempsey, Billie Holiday, to rap, reggae and punk and to a host of other artists, amateur groups, and collectives from different regions and times.


The book has already been heralded as a tour-de-force by international academic experts and features 33 contributions from the four corners of the globe on the power of music to bring about social change. Its launch further underscores the pivotal role played by the University of Limerick in the study and analysis of popular music. Members of the editorial team have previously published books and articles on David Bowie, Morrissey and Damien Dempsey.

The book stems from a 2015 conference held at the University of Limerick co-organised by the Popular Music and Popular Culture Research Cluster, and the Power, Discourse and Society Research Cluster.

The book was officially launched by novelist Donal Ryan (University of Limerick) and featured a guest performance by Steo Wall, in the new Glucksman Library, UL, on October 18th.

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Performing at the event was singer songwriter Steo Wall. Picture: Alan Place

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