A Sense of Wonder: Van Morrison's Ireland

A Sense of Wonder: Van Morrison's Ireland


By (author) David Burke

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  • Publisher: Jawbone
  • Format: Paperback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 214mm x 20mm | 640g
  • Publication date: 24 October 2013
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1908279486
  • ISBN 13: 9781908279484
  • Illustrations note: 15 black and white in plate section
  • Sales rank: 525,803

Product description

A Sense Of Wonder is a new book about Van Morrison that concentrates on the Ireland that made him, and the Ireland that he has re-made through a stunning, sprawling body of work spanning almost six decades. Published to coincide with the 45th anniversary of Morrison's landmark album Astral Weeks, it draws on original research and interviews with a range of characters, from collaborators and associates of Van to Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson and actor Liam Neeson. A Sense Of Wonder is not a biography but rather a journey through Morrison's Ireland. It's a journey that begins in the heart of East Belfast on Hyndford Street-where we encounter the likes of John McCormack and The McPeake Family-and culminates in a unique picture of an idyllic, almost mythical Ireland where spirituality trumps organised religion, and art yields a stronger legacy than politics.

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Author information

David Burke is the news editor and features writer on R2/Rock'n'Reel magazine and a contributor to Vintage Rock. He has written two books, Crisis in the Community: The African-Caribbean Experience Of Mental Health, and the acclaimed Heart Of Darkness: Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska.