In 1970s Belfast, Terri Hooley is an idealistic rocker who finds himself caught in the middle of Northern Ireland's bitter Troubles. Seeing a parallel in the chaos with Jamaica, Hooley opens a record shop, Good Vibrations, to help bring reggae music to his city to help encourage some harmony. However, Hooley soon discovers a new music genre, punk rock, and is inspired by its youthful vitality to become an important record producer and promoter of the local scene. In doing so, Hooley would struggle both with the industry's realities and his chaotic personal life that threaten to consume him. However, he would also be instrumental in creating an alternative Irish community that would bridge his land's religious and social rivalries with an art no one expected.
Kenneth Chisholm (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Did You Know?
While Terri Hooley
may have been a colorful character on the Belfast punk scene, he was never noted for his business acumen. The only record he backed that was a hit was "Teenage Kicks" by The Undertones - he sold the rights to this song for just £500 (in cash) and a signed photograph of 60s band The Shangri-Las. He never got the photo. See more
During the concert in the Ulster Hall, a punk is seen wearing a Casualties patch.The Casualties were formed in 1990. See more
When I look out at youse all gathered here, it confirms something I always felt.
When It comes to punk: New York has the haircuts, London Has the trousers, but Belfast has the Reason!
Past, Present and Future
Written by Artie Butler
, Jerry Leiber
and Shadow Morton
(as George Francis Morton)
Performed by The Shangri-Las
Licensed courtesy of Island Def Jam Music Group
under license from Universal Music Operations Ltd.
Published by EMI United Partnership Ltd. See more