Saturday 18 January 2020

First-hand tale of life on music industry frontline

Johnny Lappin: autobiography traces a long career in the Irish and international music business
Johnny Lappin: autobiography traces a long career in the Irish and international music business

Maria Pepper

The Enniscorthy-based music industry veteran Johnny Lappin has written his autobiography 'In a Lifetime - From Hozier to U2' which has just been published.

The book traces Lappin's career in the Irish and international music business, from his early years as a live music promoter to negotiating a major international music publishing deal for Ireland's latest global superstar Hozier.

Along the way, he became one of Ireland's leading music publishers, a board member with the Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO), a lecturer and a campaigner for the rights of musicians and songwriters.

In the autobiography, he applies his quick wit and characteristic candour in recalling a turbulent career that has seen him cross paths with a galaxy of major stars including U2, Clannad, Celtic Woman, Van Morrison, Elton John, Ron Wood, Phil Lynnott, Ian Dury, Rory Gallagher, Bob Geldof, Chrissie Hynde and many more.

Lappin's lifetime in the business gave him a front row seat at the extraordinary rise of the Irish music industry, as it grew from modest beginnings to become one of the major resources for the worldwide entertainment scene.

Lappin has been a singer, drummer, band manager, record company owner, talent scout, concert promoter, lecturer, consultant, a member of the 'music police' and for the past 40 years, a music publisher.

He currently serves as Company Secretary of the Music Publishers Association of Ireland (MPAI). He is a publishing director on the board of IMRO.

He also wrote The Need to Know Guide to Music Publishing and he founded and co-directed the Music Industry Xplained (MIX) course for 10 years in conjunction with Hot Press. He regulary conributes to discussions on copyright and publishing.

Lappin who has lived in Enniscorthy for the past 20 years, co-authored the Need to Know Guide to Careers in Music with the journalist and writer Jackie Hayden.

The new book is available from and will be in book shops from June 27.

Wexford People

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