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Green Suede Shoes: An Irish-American Odyssey

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This rock 'n' roll Angela's Ashes begins in County Wexford, Ireland, in the late 1950s, a now unrecognizable, priest-fearing backwater suffocating in superstition and strangled by sexual fevers. After an escape to the Bronx, Larry finds himself, like a musical Zelig, side by side with the Ramones and Blondie at CBGBs; the brothers McCourt, Lester Bangs, and Nick Tosches at ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published February 24th 2005 by Da Capo Press (first published February 23rd 2005)
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Sep 12, 2009 Oriana rated it really liked it
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Despite a last-minute emergency trip to the Strand, this is the book I wound up taking with me to Mexico. Strange, of course, as I have no recollection of ever acquiring this book; it was just something sitting numbly on my shelf which my eyes passed over myriad times while looking for other things.

Even stranger is that I didn't know a thing about Larry Kirwan before reading this. I'd never heard of the (apparently) seminal Irish punk band Black 47, had no idea at all what I was going to be in
Nov 13, 2015 Janellyn51 rated it liked it
It's always weird to read books written by people you know! My X husband was in Larry's band the Major Thinkers, and for a year, my life revolved around my husband's gigs with them. I thought it was a little funny that there were no photos of The Major Thinkers, or at least Pierce. Larry and Pierce were partners for a long time. Copernicus, he was something like the Wild Man of Borneo, and you didn't want to stand too close to him because you might get your foot smashed by a mike stand...oh, I f ...more
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Jun 18, 2013 John P rated it liked it
I was predisposed not to like this book but try as I might, I failed. Larry is a good story-teller and, although he seems to try a little too hard at times, his struggles to make it in New York are an interesting read nevertheless.

It's hard for me to reconcile the author as the same Mr. Kirwan who hosts the Sirius radio program Celtic Crush. It's the soft voice I can't overlay with the blaring rocker in the book.

I should say that I had never heard of Black 47 before and so have a more difficul
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Jun 12, 2015 Todd Myers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kirwan is a master storyteller, and gives us 36 tales from his childhood up until the the passing of his father. Starting chapters off with song lyrics and seeing how they are tied into life experiences is brilliant. If you are a fan of Black 47, it gives you further insight into the origins of the songs and Kirwan's inspiration. The chapters/stories are long enough to give you the details, yet short enough to be able to move on to the next one and really keep things flowing throughout the book. ...more
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Feb 21, 2016 Steph (loves water) rated it it was amazing
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I LOVED this book! It's a fantastic combination of history and memoir that I found I could not put it down. It also turned me on the the music of Black 47, a band I'd heard of but never really paid attention to until reading the book. I lent it to someone and didn't get it back, I might have to buy another.
May 01, 2012 Dave rated it really liked it
Larry Kirwan's memoir of his life leading up to the formation of Black 47 and the tales which brought us some of that band's most memorable songs was fantastic.

An honest and funny look at the life of one of the greatest Rock-and-Rollers on either side of the Atlantic.
Jun 21, 2015 Tricia rated it really liked it
Great autobiographical journey from Wexford to New York via Dublin and a great insider's look at music as a passion and a pathway
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Mar 07, 2013 Jeanie Chung rated it liked it
This could've used some judicious editing. His novel, Rockin' the Bronx, is better. But this is still not bad.
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Larry Kirwan (born 1948 in Wexford, Ireland) is an expatriate Irish writer and musician, most noted as the lead singer for the New York based Irish rock band, Black 47.

Prior to Black 47, Kirwan and fellow Wexfordian Pierce Turner led the new wave band Major Thinkers, based in New York City.

Kirwan has also written and produced several plays which have been performed in the United States and Europe,
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