Where the Streets Have 2 Names

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Where the Streets Have 2 Names

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Where the Streets Have 2 Names features hundreds of previously unpublished photographs by award-winning photographer Patrick Brocklebank, documenting U2’s early days as well as the rise of other groups who were part of Dublin's music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 recession-hit Dublin, a youthful individuality and a sense of rebellion – and provides a fascinating insight into the culture and characters of the Dublin music scene from 1978 to 1981.

Sinéad Molony is a freelance editor and academic who has a particular interest in the self-representations and gendered performances of women in Dublin City. Her research has taken her to Australia, Canada and Belgium, where she has presented on a wide array of topics about Dublin city, including Imelda May, Queen Elizabeth II, and US President Barack Obama’s visit to Ireland in May 2011. She researched, produced and directed an Irish-language documentary for TG4 entitled Tragóid na Moresby.

Patrick Brocklebank began his career as a graphic artist and freelance photographer in the late 1970s, working for Hot Press, In Dublin magazine and the Sunday Tribune newspaper. During this time he got to know and work with many local bands, including U2 and the Virgin Prunes. The bands often asked him to photograph them; these photos, together with some of his commissioned work from various publications, form the heart of Where the Streets Have 2 Names. In recent years, he has staged a number of solo and group exhibitions of his paintings and graphics. In 2012, the Little Museum of Dublin invited Patrick to exhibit a number of his early photographs of U2. The show attracted more than 10,000 members of the general public and received international media attention, and in April 2013 the exhibition was mounted in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio.

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