Allyson McCabe: Why Sinéad O'Connor Matters

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Allyson McCabe: Why Sinéad O'Connor Matters

By TPLCulture

Arts and culture writer Allyson McCabe discusses Why Sinéad O'Connor Matters, her stirring new book examining the Irish superstar’s era-defining music and activism—as well as the cultural context that saw the singer both revered and misunderstood.

Addressing triumph and struggle, sound and story, Why Sinéad O’Connor Matters argues that its subject has been repeatedly manipulated and misunderstood by a culture that is often hostile to women who speak their minds. McCabe details O’Connor’s childhood abuse, her initial success, and the backlash against her radical politics without shying away from the difficult issues her career raises. A journalist herself, McCabe exposes how the media distorts not only how we see O’Connor but how we see ourselves.

Allyson McCabe talks with writer and editor Tabassum Siddiqui about Why Sinéad O'Connor Matters, a layered account of the life and work of one of the most influential artists of her generation.

About this event’s guests:
Allyson McCabe
Tabassum Siddiqui

Read more:
Why Sinéad O'Connor Matters


This event is part of our signature Salon Series, where we host local and international authors, artists and thinkers in conversation about their new books and big ideas.


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