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Free tomorrow?

At 7pm in The Big Romance, Parnell Street, Dublin 1.

People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett will launch ‘Working for the Clampdown: The Clash, the Dawn of Neoliberalism and the Political Promise of Punk‘ edited by Colin Coulter, a senior lecturer in sociology at Maynooth University.

Colin says:

“Few bands can match the enduring influence and appeal of The Clash. The Clash broadened the cultural and political horizons of their audience and, for many, came to exemplify the power of music as a force for radical social change. Their musical tastes becoming ever more eclectic and their political field of vision ever more global…”

The dozen essays include those by Irish authors Coulter, Harry Browne, Kieran Cashell and Conrad Brunström.

Working for the Clampdown, published by Manchester University Press, costs £19.99 sterling and is now available in Irish bookshops.

El Clash Combo Toners May 24toners

Free Sunday?

Barry writes:

We’re bringing bands back to Baggot St! Back in the 80s and 90s, long before Whelan’s arrived on the scene in Wexford St, the musical hub of Dublin was centred around Baggot St in The Pembroke, The Baggot Inn and Toners.

Between these three pubs there were bands playing 7 nights a week with something for every taste. The Pembroke and the Baggot Inn are long gone but Toners remains pretty much as it was one of the oldest and best known pubs in Dublin with an excellent bar on the first floor.

Now the Alternative Sunday Social Club is running gigs again on Sunday afternoons between 4.00pm and 7.00pm and this week it’s the turn of El Clash Combo, Ireland’s first Clash tribute band. Support is from DJ Karl Tsigdinos and all three hours of fun will set you back a mere fiver!


Alternative Social Club At Toner’s (Facebook)


October 21, 1977.

From Brand New Retro:

The gig was significant in that it was the first gig in Ireland by an established overseas Punk act.

The Clash played every song from that first album as well as their then current single, “Complete Control”. There was no trouble. Plenty of pogoing but unfortunately, loads of spitting too, mostly by a gang of about 10 or who kept it up right through the gig. Horrible.

Brand New Retro