One of Ireland’s greatest and most important bands, Horslips tell their story in their own words – the tours, the songs, the recording sessions, the heartbreaking split and the triumphant comeback.
Featuring a wealth of rare photographs and memorabilia from the personal collections of the band members and their fans.
‘“Dearg Doom” still stands up as one of the great rock songs of all time.’ The Edge
‘We just heard The Táin and went “Wow!”’ Bono
‘Horslips did an awful lot to keep the industry alive.’ Philip Lynott
‘People I know have gone on to do things that they thought weren’t possible until they heard Horslips.’ Phil Chevron
One of the greatest and most important bands ever to come out of Ireland, Horslips pioneered a whole new genre of music – Celtic Rock, a fusion of traditional tunes and electric rock’n’roll.
From 1970 to 1980, Horslips released twelve genre-defining albums and gigged relentlessly throughout Ireland, the UK, Europe and North America. They took the dancehalls of Ireland by storm in the 1970s, creating a new live rock music circuit and infusing the country’s youth with a new sense of cultural pride, paving the way for bands like U2.
Following ‘The longest tea break in rock’n’roll’, Horslips reunited in 2004, delighting their diehard fans with triumphant arena and festival appearances, and epic performances with symphony orchestras.
Now, in their own words, Horslips tell their incredible story – how they won the country over town by town; how the songs were composed, arranged and recorded; how they managed their business affairs, controlling every aspect of their creations; their devastation at the break-up of the band, and joy at being given a new opportunity to rock their audiences.
Illustrated by a wealth of rare images and memorabilia – including album art, handwritten lyrics, set lists, session notes, concert posters and tickets – this is the definitive history of a truly legendary band.
A devoted Horslips fan since his early teens, Mark Cunningham first interviewed the band in 1995, for Hot Press magazine. Later, he created the souvenir brochures for the band’s reunion tours, and produced videos for their general promotion.
Mark’s early career was focused on work as a bass guitarist, composer and producer. He produced the first official BBC Children In Need charity single, and played a supporting role with several well-known artists.
Moving into music journalism in the early ’nineties, Mark contributed to a wide range of magazines, as well as writing two bestselling reference books – Good Vibrations: A History Of Record Production and Live & Kicking: The Rock Concert Industry In The Nineties.
In 1998, Mark co-founded TPi (Total Production International) – a monthly magazine for the live industry – and its associated annual TPi Awards event.
Since leaving TPi in 2011, he has worked in a marketing role for leading live sound company Clair Global, as well as advising on numerous entertainment production initiatives worldwide.
Mark lives in Southend-on-Sea, in the southeast of England.