One City One Book: Echoland by Joe Joyce

We are thrilled to announce that a well-loved book from Liberties Press's back catalogue has been chosen for as the Dublin: One City One Book choice for 2017!

Echoland by Joe Joyce is '...an entertaining and atmospheric historical thriller...' (Irish Independent), the first part in an excellent trilogy set during World War II.

Some words from our Publishing MD Seán O'Keeffe below.

"Liberties Press is delighted that Echoland by Joe Joyce has been selected as the Dublin: One City One Book choice for 2017. Echoland is a superb evocation of life in wartime Dublin - a hotbed for spying due to Ireland's neutrality and strategically important position - through the experiences of Paul Duggan, a new recruit to G2, the army's intelligence division, and Special Branch detective Peter Gifford. Above all, it is a gripping story that takes the reader right back to the tumultuous events of that time. We look forward to working with Joe and Dublin City Libraries on the programme of events for April 2017, and to helping bring Echoland - and the other two books in the series, Echobeat and Echowave - to a new group of readers."

Sean O'Keeffe

Publisher, Liberties Press"

28 September 2016.

Interview with Dan Hegarty, Author of the newly released Buried Treasure Volume 2: Overlooked, Uncrowned and Forgotten Treasures

We had the absolute pleasure of chatting with the music industry's own Dan Hegarty. Dan released his first book Buried Treasure in 2015 and is excited to release the second volume. Here is what Dan has to say about the process of writing a book and digging for Buried Treasure.

 

HOW DO YOU NARROW DOWN WHAT CHOICES YOU MAKE FOR BURIED TREASURE VOLUME 2? IS IT A LONG PROCESS OR IS IT AS SIMPLE AS PULLING UP YOUR ITUNES AND LOOKING THROUGH YOUR MUSIC?

Selecting what albums that went into this book was relatively straightforward, although I could get all the albums that I wanted in there unfortunately. You would think that being able to feature 50 albums would be enough, but it never is! I have no say over what the contributor’s selected, so that made things a little easier.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE ALBUM FROM BURIED TREASURE VOLUME 2 AND WHY?

The answer to this probably changes from day to day! The first album that I wrote about was the self-titled Interference album. The first time I heard this, it made me stop what I was doing. The musicianship on it is amazing, and Fergus O’Farrell’s vocals are stunning.

WRITING AND RELEASING A BOOK TAKES A LOT OF TIME AND ENERGY, SO DOES WORKING IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY. HOW LONG WOULD IT TAKE YOU TO DO A WRITE UP FOR EACH ALBUM AS WELL AS REACHING OUT TO CONTRIBUTORS?

Having the opportunity to have a career which allows you to listen to and write about music is something that I never take for granted. Each piece in the book is different; some came together very quickly, while others took months to finish off. When you have to get quotes and information from different people can take time, so you have to be patent and hopeful that it all comes together. Luckily it did on most cases with volume two of the book.

THERE’S A LOT OF VARIETY IN THE GENRES FROM THE BOOK INCLUDING PUNK, ELECTRONIC, INDIE, AND ALTERNATIVE. WOULD YOU SAY THIS BOOK IS TARGETED TOWARD PASSIONATE MUSIC FANS ONLY OR TO EVERYDAY PEOPLE LOOKING OR SOMETHING NEW?

It’s definitely a book for people that are into music. I think most people that are fans of music like all sorts of different styles. The idea of writing a book about just guitar-based music, or just electronic music wouldn’t interest me. 

I’d like to think that anyone with a passing interest in music could look through this book and discover, or rediscover music that they used to love.

DO YOU HAVE ANY RECOMMENDATIONS OR REFERRALS ON WHERE FANS NOW A DAYS CAN FIND “BURIED TREASURE” OF THEIR OWN?

I always say to people that they should look into this thing that we call ‘the past’; there is all sorts of wonderful music there! There are so many ways that you can hear about new music, and music that is new to you. Streamings services are so handy, but you can’t underestimate more traditional things like Radio and books.

As for albums featured in this book; start with Ben Lee’s ‘Breathing Tornados’, and randomly select pages after that; you’re almost guaranteed to find some music that you’ll love.

SOME PEOPLE SAY THAT BEING A MUSICIAN IS ALSO HALF BEING A WRITER. NOW, SOME PEOPLE WOULDN'T FULLY AGREE WITH THIS STATEMENT, BUT WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THIS? ARE YOU A REGULAR WRITER OR MORE CASUAL WRITER?

I’m not sure about that statement, as I’ve never written a song, and if I did, I wouldn’t imagine that it would be a very good one! I try and write every day, even a couple of lines. I find that you get rusty otherwise. Aside from that, it’s fun to write, and very therapeutic at times.

IT SEEMS YOU HAVE A LARGE LIBRARY OF MUSIC AND MUSICAL KNOWLEDGE. HOW MUCH SEARCHING FOR NEW UNHEARD MUSIC DO YOU DO CURRENTLY?

When you have an interest or passion for something, you automatically are on the look-out for what ever it is; be it a book, music, or movie. As for knowledge, putting a book like this together shows you that you only know a fraction of what there is to know.  

Apps like Shazam are great for finding out what a tune is that you hear where ever you are. It can save you trying to find out by having to ask someone. I’m constantly trying to come across music that I haven’t heard before. It doesn’t have to be brand new, just new to me. Music isn’t a status symbol for me, so if I happen to like something, it doesn’t matter what genre that it might fall into.

WHO ARE YOUR MUSICAL INFLUENCES GROWING UP AND WHEN DID IT CLICK THAT YOU WANT TO WORK IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY?

Dave Fanning’s radio show sound-tracked those long dark evenings when I was supposed to be doing my homework. I paid more attention to what he was playing and saying than the homework, which I truly hated! MTV had a really big impact on me too – music videos had become a integral part of how people perceived songs, and I jumped right into this magical world.

Much later TV shows like No Disco fascinated me – I loved the seemingly carefree playlists that they brought to us. It was such a champion of Irish and international music that didn’t get the coverage that it deserved elsewhere.

I didn’t really know what I wanted to do as a career until my mid-to-late teens, and there was never anything other than being involved with music. I always loved Radio, and I grew to love writing, so I had to try and make it happen, and luckily it did.

9ARE THERE ANY ALBUMS THAT JUST MISSED THE CUT, AND IF SO COULD YOU NAME A FEW OFF THE TOP OF YOUR HEAD?

I don’t think that it would be fair to list any, but yes there are. The reason that Buried Treasure Vol 2 started was because I couldn’t feature all the albums that I wanted, so you never know, there could be a Vol. 3 at some point...

Passionate Book Launch for John Boorman's Crime of Passion

This past Thursday at the lavish LightHouse Cinema; friends, fans and colleagues came together to support author John Boorman with the release of his debut novel Crime of Passion. This being my first book launch, I thought I wouldn't have the time or opportunity to get a chance to speak with Mr. Boorman but much to my surprise I had the honor of having dinner with him just hours before his big night. It was a casual meal where I was lucky enough to chat with him about his book, some recent filming projects, and the role music plays in motion pictures.  Only an hour later I had to leave the meal to enter the cinema to get ready for special guest Brendan Gleeson and the other 100 of his friends and fans. 

Books being displayed for sale. 

Books being displayed for sale. 

As people herded into the theater like bovines into a barn, they make their way to the free wine followed  by the table where I was helping sell copies of the book. I was being bombarded by the amount of people wanting a copy or two of his book. One man even came to buy ten copies to hand out!

The speeches soon started leading off with the head publisher of Liberties Press, Sean O'Keeffe. It seemed that he had an almost personal connection with John, stating in the speech how he approached him about publishing on of his books.

From there the microphone was passed to actor Brendan Gleeson who is a good friend of John Boorman, starring several of his films.  Brendan stated "I love this book" and that it is "Terribly funny and incredibly honest" From there John Boorman was next to speak where he made a short sincere speech where he looked to our publisher and stated "what happens now?"

John Boorman and Brendan Gleeson pose for a photo.

John Boorman and Brendan Gleeson pose for a photo.

After his speech he made his way to the book signing table while loads of people rushed the table to buy a book for the famous director to sign. After selling books and holding the flashlight for Mr. Boorman for around an hour the people finished there drinks and began to head home to start their newest novel to add to there collection. 

Click Here to purchase your copy of Crime of Passion!

Top 5 Albums From Buried Treasure Volume 1 to Get You Pumped For Volume 2!

 

Guest post by Craig Marshall

Buried Treasure: Overlooked, Forgotten and Uncrowned Albums by Dan Hegarty (published in 2015) featured over 200 albums that just skimmed by the mainstream musical ears. The book features ebullient descriptions of albums alongside images of album artwork ,with comments from the band on the process of creating the album. With the success garnered from this release of his book, Dan decided to make a second volume of more musical treasures Buried Treasure Volume 2 this time with extra features such as an interview with musical legends The B-52's and Paul Draper from Mansun.

Invite to the book launch of Buried Treasure: Volume 2

Invite to the book launch of Buried Treasure: Volume 2

 

Buried Treasure Volume 2 is published on Thursday, September 22nd at 6:30pm, at The Parlour in Whelan's music venue.

In honor of the release of Volume 2, here are my Top 5 albums featured from the original Buried Treasure

 

1. R.E.M. - New Adventures In Hi-Fi

We all know 80's alternative rock band R.E.M. from they're iconic hits Losing my Religion and Orange Crush, but this album is what really broke through the creative spectrum for the band. The record features a nice contrast of a softer, more acoustic side, alongside a heavier rock and roll side. The variety of songs and the way the album was recorded is what I think makes in one of the best out of the book.  New Adventures in Hi-Fi was recorded while the band was on tour, a time when the members are at a mix of feuding and bonding which I feel really gives the album a lot of emotion. Definitely don't want to miss out on this one.

2. Aslan - Feel No Shame

Of course author Dan Hegarty had to include the Irish pop rock group Aslan. Feel No Shame was their debut album that took the 80's by storm, but stopped prematurely. The record features catchy choruses that will stay lingering in your head for hours! Songs like This Is and Loving Me Lately were anthems for the generation of the time. The album is arguably the greatest debut album of any Irish rock band, including U2.

3. Donny Hathaway - Live

Wow is all I have to say! It blows my mind how someone with as much funk and soul as Donny Hathaway didn't blow wide open into the main stream. This album is up there with some of the greatest RnB albums released. The album starts off with a grooving rendition of a Marvin Gaye classic Whats Going On to get you in the mood. Venture through songs like The Ghetto and You've Got a Friend before you hit the closing song Voices Inside (Everything's Everything) to leave the listener with a funk groove that will keep there head bobbing for days.  

4. John Coltrane - A Love Supreme

One of the older albums featured in the book, A Love Supreme is a staple record for any jazz lover but could of been easily overlooked by any ordinary music lover.  Featuring the virtuoso John Coltrane on the sax, the album is a short four track instrumental featuring each song linking into the next to make the whole album come together as a whole. Mr. Coltrane devotes the album to God, who he referred to as "The Love Supreme", to give you a sense of the strong emotions that went into making the album.  

5. Almost Famous OST

Almost Famous, a movie about a teen journalist following the fictional band Stillwater, features a soundtrack worthy of being featured in Buried Treasure Volume 1.  The soundtrack for the film contains all classics from the 60's/70's and will appeal to any fans of the musical era. With featured slower songs like Cat Stevens' The Wind or Simon and Garfunkel's America to faster tracks like The Who's Sparks or Lynyrd Skynyrd's Simple Man, the record all contains live tracks from The Allman Brothers and David Bowie. A great treat for anybody who fancies a a good movie with an even better soundtrack.

For More Overlooked, Forgotten and Uncrowned Albums Buried Treasure Vol. 2 is available 22/09/16 

Rest In Peace, Risteard Mulcahy

We at Liberties Press were very sorry to hear of the death of Professor Risteárd Mulcahy. Some words from our publisher, Seán O' Keeffe, below. 

"A conversation with Risteárd was never dull; he was an incredibly unique individual, who always had new ways of looking at the world. His book Improving With Age (2004) was the second book Liberties ever published. We then went on to work with him on four further books: Is the Health Service for Healing? (2006), My Father, The General (2009) (a book about his father, Richard Mulcahy, head of the Free State forces), Memoirs of a Medical Maverick (2010) and On the Survival of Humanity (published earlier this year). 

We will all miss his trenchant opinions, great courtesy and warm friendship. Our deepest sympathies go to his entire family, including his wife Louise, his son Richard and daughter Lisa and his many friends."

Oil painting of Risteárd by Eoghan McGrath 

Oil painting of Risteárd by Eoghan McGrath