‘Irish Lads’ and English Rock: Musical Masculinities in the 1990s

  • Sean Campbell


Musicians of Irish descent have played a long-standing role in the history of British popular music, through figures such as John Lydon, Elvis Costello (Declan McManus), Kevin Rowland, Boy George (George O’Dowd), Shane MacGowan, Morrissey, Johnny Marr, and Noel and Liam Gallagher (of Oasis). Many of these musicians have been at the forefront of Britain’s most significant popular-musical epochs, thus John Lydon and punk in the 1970s, The Smiths and ‘indie’ in the mid-1980s, and Oasis and ‘Britpop’ in the 1990s.1


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