Where the Streets Have 2 Names: the final book of the year

The last book to be published this year by Liberties Press is Where the Streets Have Two Names: U2 and the Dublin Music Scene 1978-1981. The photographs are by Patrick Brocklebank and the accompanying text is by Sinead Molony. The images in this fascinating book are mostly drawn from the archive of photographer and graphic artist Patrick Brocklebank. He first started taking pictures with a Konica SLR camera in 1978, photographing the early days of bands such as the Boomtown Rats, U2, the Virgin Prunes and Berlin. And the rest, as they say is history...

Where the Streets Have 2 Names features hundreds of previously unpublished photographs by award-winning photographer Patrick Brocklebank, documenting U2’s early days as well as the rise of other groups who were part of Dublin's music scene at that time, such as: the Virgin Prunes, The Blades, The Black Catholics, The Undertones and The Buzzcocks. The photos capture iconic moments in the lives of these bands, particularly U2, and are accompanied by numerous untold anecdotes about the band members and the long-gone music venues of that era, where many of the bands’ most seminal gigs were performed. The book captures the atmosphere of the time – a recessionary Dublin, a youthful individuality and a sense of rebellion – and provides a fascinating insight into the culture and characters on the Dublin music scene from 1978–1981.

The book has its genesis in a very successful exhibition of Brocklebank's photographs of the formative years of U2 at the Little Museum of Dublin in 2012. If you're a music buff and you enjoyed that exhibition then you'll love to have this collection of photographs. Dermott Hayes provides an Afterword which gives a brief overview of U2's career trajectory and brings the band's story up to the present. The book however, is about much more than U2 with some great pictures of Phil Lynott, The Stranglers and The Ramones to name but a few.

A must for any self-respecting music fan, Where the Streets Have 2 Names is priced at 29.99 but is available for customers at Liberties Upstairs for the special price of 25.00.

Go on, treat yourself, it's Christmas!