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Plaque for ‘Godfather of Punk’

Lord Mayor Gavin Robinson will unveil a special plaque on the site of the former Harp Bar, celebrating the role which both Terri Hooley himself and his Good Vibrations record label have played in the musical life of the city. Pictured is  Lord Mayor Gavin Robinson with Stiff Little Fingers Drummer Jim Reilly and friends. Picture By Aidan O'Reilly Pacemaker Press

Lord Mayor Gavin Robinson will unveil a special plaque on the site of the former Harp Bar, celebrating the role which both Terri Hooley himself and his Good Vibrations record label have played in the musical life of the city. Pictured is Lord Mayor Gavin Robinson with Stiff Little Fingers Drummer Jim Reilly and friends. Picture By Aidan O'Reilly Pacemaker Press

 

A SPECIAL tribute has been paid to Belfast’s very own ‘godfather of punk’ Terri Hooley.

On Friday, the Lord Mayor Gavin Robinson unveiled a special plaque on the site of the former Harp Bar, celebrating the role which both Terri Hooley himself and his Good Vibrations record label have played in the musical life of the city.

“He is a remarkable man who came out of difficult times in Belfast,” said Mr Robinson.

“In the 1970s he set up a record shop in the city when many other people were going out of business: he provided an open and welcoming space when much of Belfast was closing down.

“He was a living example of how to survive beyond sectarianism and mistrust... he discovered a new generation of bands in the town who were inspired by the ideals of punk rock.

“They wanted a fresh start, they had alternative ways of thinking and they created their own sense of community. Terri, a child of the Sixties, understood the value of this,” the Lord Mayor added.

On Sunday, a special event will be held in the Oh Yeah Centre celebrating Terri Hooley’s life in music and will also mark the end of Belfast Music Week with performances from punk bands and as a screening of edited highlights from the biopic ‘Good Vibrations’.

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