Transformer was my introduction to Lou Reed — by way of Mr Bowie, of course. I bought the album in late 1972 when I was thirteen years old. I immediately fell in love. It was typical teenage musical love: not understanding everything but knowing everything instinctually. Ziggy had an even ‘weirder’ friend who lived in…

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Pat McCabe (Author of The Butcher Boy, The Dead School, Breakfast on Pluto) writes about his longtime friendship with Gavin Friday. He remembers Dublin in the 80s, collaborating on Emerald Germs of Ireland and Shag Tobacco, and shares his thoughts on the new album, ‘catholic’: We started to spend some time together – a lot…

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From: The Irish Times, October 3, 2009 By: Brian Boyd PROFILE GAVIN FRIDAY: He led an elite group of avant-garde chancers that included Bono and The Edge. A host of stars, including U2, will take the stage in New York to celebrate the former Virgin Prune’s 50th birthday LYPTON VILLAGE was a little known area…

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From the Sunday Independent: How Gavin Friday kissed John Charles’s ring THE lord (of the ring) works in mysterious ways. Who would have thought, 30 years after his death, that John Charles McQuaid’s ring would find its resting place onperformance artist Gavin Friday’s finger, courtesy of Bono (a god of our times?)? McQuaid was the…

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From the Telegraph.co.uk an article on Nothing like the Sun, which finally reveals more detailed information on what we can expect on stage: “This weekend, the RSC’s Complete Works of Shakespeare will present the first performances of a unique programme of new settings entitled Nothing like the Sun, co-commissioned and produced with Opera North. Six…

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Piece written by Gavin Friday about the National Botanic Gardens in Dublin for Sculpture in Context 2006, Glasnevin, Dublin 9 The National Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin Dublin is in my mind quite possibly the ‘Jewel in the Crown’ of Northside Dublin… yes there is more to the Northside than the Airport… lots more… but the…

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Bewitched, bothered and bewildered by Gavin Friday’s recent ‘Tomorrow Belongs To Me’ shows? Not to worry, we’ve done the work for you. Read our primer on German culture, ‘Unter dem Einfluß’, custom made for Gavin Friday fans. “Billed as Gavin’s personal tribute to German culture, the recent Tomorrow Belongs To Me shows left several members…

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A German cultural primer for Gavin Friday fans Billed as Gavin’s personal tribute to German culture, the recent Tomorrow Belongs To Me shows left several members of the audience scratching their heads. Those who recognised little of the performed material might have wondered exactly how such an apparently random collection of songs reflected Germany’s contribution…

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Gavin Friday remembers the Virgin Prunes From The Independent, October 7, 2004 Virgin Prunes – A Terrible Beauty Re-released Blame it on the Prods and the Plymouth Brethren… Blame it on the Christian Brothers and the GAA… Blame it on Georgie Best and the cider drinking Boot Boys…. Blame it on Sister Nora, my career…

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