- 05 Oct 17
Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh once observed that if Roddy Doyle was the Irish literary version of The Beatles, then Pat McCabe had to be the less clean-cut and more rebellious The Rolling Stones.
“It was a nice thing to have said about you,” acknowledges McCabe. “But I don’t really know if it’s true, because sometimes the books are actually apprehended as kind of sparky rock ‘n’ roll impertinent - and I really never intended them that way, you know?”
”But it’s nice. I appreciate the positive review of anything that I do. The Rolling Stones/ Beatles thing is fine by me, but I wouldn’t see them that way – Irvine’s books are more like that than mine.”
As a major music fan, McCabe has read Hot Press since his teens. “I discovered it long before it was called Hot Press,” he recalls. “I remember Scene magazine, it was edited by Niall Stokes at that time. “I used to read that. It was like an NME kind of format and then it became more stylised. Hot Press was the beginning of something worthwhile, something valuable.”