We are excited to be supporting, alongside our dear friends Oh Yeah Music Centre Belfast, A Riot of Our Own – A Symposium on The Clash which will be held in Belfast, June 20-21, 2014.
There will also be an event organised in conjunction with Oh Yeah Belfast – ‘A Night of Treason‘ – to raise funds for the Strummerville Foundation.
The enormous cultural influence that The Clash have exercised over the last four decades has found reflection in many spheres but not, strangely, in that of popular music studies. While academics have devoted considerable attention to a great many other, arguably less important, bands, they have had remarkably little to say about The Clash. This symposium represents in part an endeavour to redress this particular, curious silence. A Riot of Our Own will bring together academics, journalists, photographers and musicians to examine the enduring influence and abiding controversy associated with The Clash. It is hoped that the event will constitute an engaging and critical attempt to shed light on both the cultural legacy and contemporary resonance of one of the most influential bands that there has ever been.
Contributors to the event will include:
- Caroline Coon (artist, writer, manager of The Clash from 1978 to 1980. http://www.carolinecoon.com)
- Professor David Hesmondhalgh (University of Leeds, author of Why Music Matters)
- Chris Salewicz (author of Redemption Song: The Definitive Biography of Joe Strummer)
- Adrian Boot (photographer who took the iconic shots of The Clash touring Belfast)
About the organisers:
You can contact the organisers of the event here: firstname.lastname@example.org – A Riot of Our Own is organised jointly by the Department of Sociology, the National University of Ireland Maynooth and the School of Sociology and Applied Social Studies, the University of Ulster.
A Riot of Our Own is supported by the Oh Yeah Music Centre Belfast and by Strummerville. The symposium will be raising funds for Strummerville: The Joe Strummer Foundation for New Music. Strummerville are not involved in the organisation of this event.