Great Gig Memories - Hope Collective

Great Gig Memories from Punks and Friends

A new book chronicling 200 members of the punk community and their friends’ recollections of gigs is out now

All proceeds go to the NHS Charities Together Covid-19 appeal. Great Gig Memories is available to order online now from for €15 + delivery.

Dublin’s do-it-yourself, not-for-profit, Hope Collective have been active in the punk scene since the 1980s when they arranged gigs in Ireland for bands including Fugazi, Chumbawamba, Green Day, The Membranes, Therapy? and Babes in Toyland.

More recently they have released books in support of worthy causes. The 2017 book, In Concert: Favourite Gigs of Ireland’s Music Community, raised over €5,000 for the Irish Red Cross Syrian Refugee appeal.

The new book is a response to the Covid-19 crisis and includes memories of outstanding gigs written by members of The Cure, Fugazi, The Adverts, New Model Army, The Fall, Teardrop Explodes, Gang of Four, The Ruts, Chumbawamba, CRASS, The Members, The Membranes, UK Subs, Black Flag, Babes in Toyland, L7, D.O.A. and The Levellers amongst others.

We also reached out to the punk scene on this island and so many people have been generous with their time.  In what would nearly be a definitive punk rock compilation on this island members of Stiff Little Fingers, The Outcasts, Paranoid Visions, Radiators from Space, The Vulpynes, Female Hercules, Protex, The Golden Horde, Ruefrex, Microdisney and a legion of others all responded positively to our request and wrote pieces.

It was compiled by Michael Murphy and Niall McGuirk who describe it as ‘our record collections talking about gigs that inspired them’.

The book celebrates creativity, community, hope and the power of live music. It exists because of the generosity and responsiveness of the contributors.

Great Gig Memories – Niall McGuirk & Michael Murphy

Irish Contributors

Barbara Gogan, The Passions; Hugh Friel, The Atrix; Pete Holidai, The Radiators From Space, Trouble Pilgrims; Greg Cowan, The Outcasts; Fachtna O’Ceallaigh ex-manager Boomtown Rats, Bananarama, Sinead O’Connor; Jake Burns, Stiff Little Fingers; Aidan Murtagh, Protex; Jude Carr, Heat fanzine, Bad Karma Beckons; Philip Chevron, The Radiators From Space, The Pogues; George Purdy, promoter, Dublin; Bernie Furlong, The Golden Horde; Andy Keating, The Cathedral, Purdah, Complete Control; Steve Averill, The Radiators from Space, SM Corporation, Trouble Pilgrims; Jake Reilly, The Blades; Brian Foley, The Vipers; Elvera Butler, promoter, Cork, Reekus records label owner; Brian Seales, DC Nien; Paul Charles, author, booking agent; Eoin Freeney, Chant! Chant! Chant!; Stano, The Threat, artist, composer; Phil Byrne, Revolver/Teen Commandments/The Reasons; Barry Cooke, Dead Fridge in the Road; Karl Tsigdinos, designer, DJ; Neville Farmer, author; Brian Walker, bookseller; Buck Defect, The Defects; Stan Erraught, The Stars of Heaven; Paul Burgess, Ruefrex; Terry O’Neill, promoter; Dave Long, Into Paradise; Jock McDonald, The Bollock Brothers; Shay Hiney, The Strougers; Bitzy, The Strougers; Barbara Gogan, The Passions; Sean O’Hagan, Microdisney, The High Llamas; Ken O’Duffy, song-writer, The Experiment, Saville; Peter Jones, Paranoid Visions, FOAD Records, Rotator Records; Sean O’Neill, writer, co-author It Makes you Want to Spit; Mark Curran, author; Paul Bell, Zerra One; Morty McCarthy, Sultans of Punk F.C., Pharmacy; Eugene Lee, NHS worker; Ricky Dineen, Five Go Down To The Sea; Daragh McCarthy, The Babysnakes, The Mighty Avon Junior; Orla Lee-Fisher, music fan; John Fleming, writer; Michael Connerty, Female Hercules; Dave Linehan: Aidan Walsh & The Screaming Eagles/ Hooligan/ Foreign Legion/ The Blue Carpet Band; Miriam McGuirk, promoter, Dublin; Valerie Kirby, promoter, Dublin; Emmet Greene, promoter, Cork; Sam McGrath, author, co-founder of the Come Here To Me! history blog and occasional DJ; Cormac MacDiarmada, Lankum; Henry Cluney, SLF, X-SLF; Roisin Dwyer, writer; Ricky Warwick, The Almighty, New Model Army, Thin Lizzy, Black Star Riders; Molly Vulpyne, Vulpynes; Cathal Coughlan, Microdisney, Fatima Mansions;

Overseas Contributors

Chuck Dukowski, Black Flag; Knox, The Vibrators; Charlie Harper, UK Subs; Rab Fallon, The Wall, The Pack, Patrik Fitzgerald, UK Subs; John Perry, The Only Ones; Sonny Vincent, Distance, ‘Testors; Peter Makowski, The Snivelling Shits; JC Carroll, The Members; Nick Tesco, The Members; Alvin Gibbs, UK Subs; Steve Bruce, Cock Sparrer; John Eichler, proprietor, Hope and Anchor; Joolz Denby, author, artist, performer; Henry Priestman, The Yachts, It’s Immaterial, The Christians; Johny Brown, Band of Holy Joy; Paul Simpson, The Teardrop Explodes, The Wild Swans; Arturo Bassick, The Lukers, 999; Roy White, White and Torch; Chris Haskett, Rollins Band; Russell Mills, artist; Tom Wilson, artist, author, song-writer, Junkhouse, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings; Nick Burbridge, song-writer, The Crack; Wendy May, Boothill Foot Tappers, DJ; Roger Miller, Mission of Burma; Ann Munday, senior vice President, general manager, Chrysalis Music America; Steve Lindsey, Deaf School; Tom Crossley, The Phobics; Helen McCookery Book, The Chefs; Rich Vernon, Peter Perrett band, Eddie and the Hot Rods, The Mission; Selwyn Brown, Steel Pulse; Dunstan Bruce, Chumbawamba, Interrobang; Paul Court, The Primitives; Paul Hanley, The Fall; Hugo Burnham, Gang of Four; Jon King, Gang of Four; Justin Sullivan, New Model Army, Red Sky Coven; Garry Bushell, journalist; Hector Penalosa, The Zeros; Steve Lake, Zounds; Laurence Tolhurst, The Cure; Moist Paula Henderson, Moisturizer, James Chance and the Contortions, Lubricated Goat, Nick Waterhouse, Burnt Sugar Arkestra; Peter Holsapple, The dB’s; Craig Wedren, Shudder to Think; Joe Keighley, D.O.A.; John Porcell, Judge, Youth of Today, Bold, Shelter; Martin Stephenson, The Daintees; Richard Witts, The Passage; Jesse Malin, D-Generation; Karen Amsden, Hagar the Womb; Sami Yaffa, Hanoi Rocks; Josh Cheuse, artist, designer, photographer; Tav FalcoGlynn Barber, Chron Gen; Russ Bestley, designer, author; Drew Stone, Antidote, filmmaker; Atilla the StockbrokerDel Bartle, The Sid Presley Experience, The Godfathers, The Unholy Trinity, The Citizens Of Nowhere, Credible Hulk Productions; Pete Saunders, Serious Drinking, Dexys Midnight Runners; Suzi Gardner, L7; Bill Barbot, Jawbox; Todd Colby, Drunken Boat; Neil Taylor, author, C86 and All That; Catherine McRae, art director, creative services manager, Virgin Records UK; Dan O’Mahony, No For An Answer, Carry Nation; Dave Derby, the Exactones, The Dambuilders; Jeremy Leveller, The Levellers; Dave Earl, Lightning Strike; Ed Wenn, The Stupids, Big Ray, Bad Dress Sense, Dealing With Damage; Kent Steedman, The Celibate Rifles; Dave Bason, Barfbag; Roger Armstrong, Chiswick Records, Ace Records; Richie Cipriano, Sick Of It All; Steve Drewett, Newtown Neurotics; Bobby Sullivan, Soulside; Miles Hackett, Dry Heave Records; Joseph Porter, Blyth Power; Steve Pod, Vanilla Pod, Menshevik; Daryl Smith, Cock Sparrer, Argy Bargy; Kip Xool, Cowboy Killers, Bad Sam; Lori Barbero, Babes in Toyland; Brendan Canty, Fugazi, Rites of Spring, The Messthetics; Sean Friesen, Asexuals; Mike Dines, author; Gaye Black, The Adverts; Lynda Mandolyn, Inside Out; Larry Kirwan, Black 47; Raymond Ahn, Hard-ons; Enrico, Los Fastidios; Yvonne Matsell, promoter, Toronto; Scott McLauchlan, Brassneck Records; John Myers, Shane MacGowan And The Popes; Stuart Diggle, Litterbug; Yvonne Matsell, promoter, Toronto; TADA aka Tadanoshin; Andy Higgins, Just Say No To Government Music; Dave Watts/Fun-Da-Mental; Stephen Judge, Schoolkids Records; Michael Stewart Foley, author, activist; BB Quattro, Suzy & Los Quattro, TV Smith & The Bored Teenagers; Mike McGrann, CH3; Duncan Reid, The Boys, Duncan Reid and the Big Heads; Kenny Margolis, The Minks (Mink DeVille), Lucky Seven, Cracker; The Shend, The Cravats, The Very Things; Steve Ignorant, CRASS; Beki Bondage, Vice Squad; Vique Simba, Pirates Press Records, Simba fanzine; Bev Elliott, writer, Sounds, Noise; Steve Pod, Vanilla Pod, Menshevik; Grant Nicholas, The Godfathers, The Citizens of Nowhere; Larry Boothroyd, Victims Family, Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine; Lorna Tiefholz, Rabies Babies; Seth Gordon, The Mockers; Eric Goulden, Wreckless Eric; Paul North, tour manager to the stars; Neil ‘Newts’ Newton, Angelic Upstarts; Debs and Clara PukeSegs, The Ruts, Ruts DC; Catonia Whalen, DJ Catskills; Paul Harvey, Penetration; Emily and AJ, The Menstrual Cramps; Mark Andersen, Positive Force; Jonathan and Kirsty, Party Dozen; Locksley Gichie, The Cimarons

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