Blessed with a singular voice and a fiery temperament, singer-songwriter Sinéad O’Connor traces her journey through a highly acclaimed, highly controversial career. In a revelatory new memoir, Rememberings, O’Connor recounts her painful tale of growing up in Dublin in adysfunctional, abusive household and how she escaped into music. From her early forays with local Irish bands to hanging with Rastas in the East Village to soaring to unimaginable popularity with her cover of Prince’s “Nothing Compares 2U,” O’Connor became an international icon by the time she was twenty. With her trademark shaved head, she gained even greater fame when she appeared on Saturday Night Live in 1992 and tore up Pope John Paul II’s photograph. In a conversation with former Rolling Stone editor and current MTV News’ Anchor Kurt Loder, O’Connor will discuss the highs and lows of living a rock star life out loud.
Sinéad O’Connoris an Irish singer-songwriter and recording artist. She rose to international fame in 1990 with her arrangement of Prince’s “Nothing Compares 2 U,” and her critically acclaimed albums have won or been nominated for five Grammys. She lives in Dublin.
Bio-wise, the first thing you should know is, I’m from New Jersey. Let that sink in. Lived in Europe for several years in the late ‘60s, returned to the US to work for Circus, a magazine that catered to the considerable audience for shirtless teenage pop-rock boys, and then, for nine years, Rolling Stone, the high point of my “professional” life. Moved on to MTV, where I had a weekly show for 10 years and wound up staying for 20, for reasons now unclear. Have written three books, one a Tina Turner autobiography and one a collection of movie reviews. Had an interview show on SiriusXM for a couple years. Currently review movies for Reason magazine and do occasional TV /radio/writing and, when opportunities present themselves, as little as possible.