Many thought that Dan Hegarty's new book, Buried Treasure Volume 2, would be the long awaited sequel from Buried Treasure. It was exactly that. Hegarty recently released a 2nd volume to his Buried Treasure series, a series of books that gives forgotten albums there time to shine in the spotlight. The book features descriptions of the albums, comments from the bands and artists and even full colour cover album art for every single albums.
Dan has a long history with music and the industry he works in. Being a music fan since he was a young lad and working as a radio DJ for over a decade has given Dan the resources and drive to put together a collection of overlooked lost and forgotten albums. To celebrate the release of Dan's new book, Liberties Press threw a book launch get together in honour of and to celebrate the hard work of Dan and everybody here on the Liberties Press team. The launch featured a cocktail hour featuring Dan's friends and fans from over the years as well as speeches from Dan and long time friend Cormac Battle.
This past Thursday at the famous Whelans bar and music venue, music fans came from across the city to celebrate the launch of a new Buried Treasure and also to update there Spotify playlists. For myself, the evening started out with a nice burger before hand at the Green 19 restaurant just down the street. From there we unloaded the five boxes of Buried Treasure into the building for the eager fans waiting to snag a copy.
As we finished setting up fans and friends started to arrive as they made there way to the bar and then around to say hi to friends and make some new ones. Hugs and handshakes were exchanged throughout the room as the people came filing in to the second story of Whelans. After friends and fans grabbed a drink and caught up for a bit it was like the needle was taking off a record and placed on to another when the speeches began.
After a brief speech from head publisher of Liberties, Sean O'Keeffe, who welcomed everybody for coming out and thanking people who made the book possible, special guest speaker Cormac Battle was handed the mic. His speech started off with a brief history of his relationship with Dan. Cormac stated how they both knew each other at the first radio station Dan worked at. Points were also brought up about how passionate Dan is about music and how this book is brilliant for any music lover out there.
Next it was Dan's turn to spin some tracks. He kept his speech short and sincere starting it off by cracking a joke about how Cormac said he would keep his speech short and sweet. Dan transitioned into talk about the process of writing a second book. He stated that he read and reviewed the book while playing tracks on his radio show. He seemed honoured to be able to show the world some of the music he knows and loves.
As the speeches came to a coda, people lined up to buy their copy of the book so they could go home and update day their iPods. I stuck around and waited with the crowds of people to congratulate Dan. I briefly discussed with some questions I had sent him earlier in that day. You can see the interview by clicking here. There are a limited amount of copies for Buried Treasure Volume 2 do dig up yours here while you still can!
Guest post by Craig Marshall