Tax, Drugs And Rock & Roll | Paperback | By Damien Corless

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“The course of my life changed the day Bono crashed his car into a telegraph pole outside my house…”

How did an influx of British pop stars in the early 1980s kick-start a cultural transformation in Ireland?

The stars hadn’t come for the atmosphere or the creature comforts. They’d come for the tax breaks, to endure a ho-hum year of exile beyond the grasp of the UK taxman. What they found exceeded their expectations.

In a few short decades, the country was turned upside down and Ireland was seen in a new light by a bedazzled and somewhat bewildered watching world.

Music journalist Damian Corless found himself in the front row of these transformative years. Through a combination of interviews, happenings and his own personal experiences, he paints the most vivid picture of Ireland’s cultural and social revolution to date.


“A great book. It's a mix of pop history and political history.” Pat Kenny, Newstalk

“Whimsical, informative and hugely enjoyable.” Irish Independent


  • Pages: 288
  • Format: Paperback
  • Author: Damien Corless
  • Publisher: Mirror Books
  • Publication date: 2 May 2024
  • Category: Non-Fiction, Music, Irish Society & Culture
  • Size: 23.3 x 15.3 x 2.4cm
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