The Cover of Hot Press: What It Means…
The cover of Hot Press is a national institution. To be on it is a prized objective for the musicians, film stars, celebrities and others, who have been chosen as cover subjects over the years.
- Danny O’Donoghue of The Script described appearing on the cover of Hot Press as fulfilling a life-long ambition.
- Liberties girl, Imelda May, said the same thing.
- And so did Ireland’s latest superstar Hozier, who confessed that it was something he had always dreamed about.
The Hot Press Cover has also captured moments of drama and despair. The deaths of icons like Philip Lynott, Kurt Cobain, Dermot Morgan, Rory Gallagher and Gerry Ryan were marked with covers, and special issues, that reflected the sombre nature of each occasion. The same was true last year with the deaths of towering musical and cultural icons, David Bowie, Prince and Leonard Cohen.
From the first issue – with Rory Gallagher on the front, in advance of his appearance at the Macroom Festival – onwards, all of Irish life can be found there.
And it is not just the cover images: every front cover has its own distinctive headlines that cumulatively deliver an ongoing story on what mattered to Irish people – and to young Irish people in particular – over the 40 years that Hot Press has been in action.
Between the cover stars, the musicians and bands, the photographs, the typography, the different design approaches and even the changing look of the Hot Press logo, the covers of what has been a hugely influential magazine offer an extraordinary insight into Irish culture and Irish life.
Newstalk Podcast: Bobby's Late Breakfast
Niall Stokes editor of Hot Press takes Bobby around the forty years of Hot Press cover exhibition. Click the play button below to listen.
Every Cover Tells A Story
The exhibition will be more than just framed covers, hung on a wall. There is a story behind every cover of the magazine – and every issue of the magazine.
These stories will be told through information panels, slide shows, video interviews, multi media exhibits and more. The Hot Press Covers Exhibition will give a fascinating insight into the life of a magazine; into what being on the cover meant to the artists; into the crucial covers and stories that went on to make headlines – and lots more besides.
It will be educational, informative, whimsical, amusing and revealing.
It will have a huge appeal to the millions of Irish people who have been readers of Hot Press over the past 40 years, or who are interested in Irish popular culture. And it will have huge appeal to the music fans and fans of popular culture who pack Croke Park, Electric Picnic and events like the Dublin Film Festival every year.
Hot Press is internationally recognized as the magazine that helped to inspire U2, Sinéad O’Connor, The Corrs, Glen Hansard, The Script, Imelda May, Hozier, Kodaline – and many more and fans will come to Dublin from all over Ireland, to see an exhibition that will attract interest, coverage and attention from media all over the world.
Hot Press has played a huge part in the way Ireland has changed. Through the covers of Hot Press we can observe these changes as they happened, while also doffing our collective caps to the people – the artists, bands, movie stars and leading Irish cultural and political lights – who were honoured over the years with Hot Press front cover status...