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Encyclopedia > Sinéad O'Connor

Sinéad O'Connor (born December 8, 1966) is an Irish pop singer and songwriter best known for her unconventional appearance and controversal positions. December 8 is the 342nd day (343rd in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1966 was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1966 calendar). ... Depending on context, pop music is either an abbreviation of popular music or, more recently, a term for a sub-genre of it. ... In music a singer or vocalist is a type of musician who sings, i. ... A songwriter is someone who writes either the lyrics or the music for songs. ...

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Early life

She was born in Glenageary, a suburb of Dublin in the Republic of Ireland. Her father is John O'Connor, a barrister. Her brother is the author Joseph O'Connor. Glenageary is an area in the suburbs of South County Dublin, Ireland; officially part of the Dun Laoghaire–Rathdowncounty council area. ... Dublins Hapenny Bridge. ... British barristers wearing traditional dress. ...


Her parents divorced when she was eight. As a young teenager she was expelled from Catholic school, arrested for shoplifting, and sent to a reform school. Catholic schools are educational facilities administered by Roman Catholic board of education. ... Broadly speaking, shoplifting is a term that refers to stealing from a shop, store, or other retail establishment, usually by a would-be patron or customer. ... A reform school in the United States was a term used to define, often somewhat euphemistically, what was often essentially a penal institution for boys, generally teenagers. ...


At age 15 she was discovered by Paul Byrne of the Irish band In Tua Nua and began writing songs for them.


Musical career

O'Connor's first two albums (1988's The Lion and the Cobra and 1990's I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got) gained considerable attention and mostly positive reviews. She was praised for her unique voice and her original songs. She was also noted for her appearance: her shaved head, angry expression, and sometimes shapeless or unusual clothing. 1988 is a leap year starting on a Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1990 is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This page is about musical songs. ...


I Do Not Want contained her biggest hit single, "Nothing Compares 2 U", a song written by Prince and arranged for her by him. The cover to Princes 2004 album Musicology. ...


In 1990 she joined many other guests for former Pink Floyd member Roger Waters' massive performance of The Wall in Berlin. (Later, in 1996 she guested on Broken China, a solo album by Richard Wright of Pink Floyd.) 1990 is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Pink Floyd Pink Floyd is a British progressive rock band famous for its songwriting, harmonic classical rock compositions, bombastic style, striking album covers and elaborate live shows. ... Roger Waters at Kew Gardens, London in the late 1960s George Roger Waters (born September 6, 1943 in Great Bookham, Surrey near Dorking) is a British rock and roll musician and songwriter. ... The Wall is a rock opera and concept album by Pink Floyd. ... Berlin (pronounced: , German ) is the capital of Germany and its largest city, with 3,426,000 inhabitants (as of January 2005); down from 4. ... 1996 is a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... Richard Wright, as photographed for the Pink Floyd album Meddle. ...


In 1992 O'Connor released Am I Not Your Girl?, an album of standards and torch songs that she had grown up listening to. Her interpretations ran from sublime to overwrought to bizarre, and the record lost all the commercial momentum her career had built up until then. 1994's more conventional Universal Mother did not succeed in restoring her mass appeal. 1992 is a leap year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This style refers to the high point of western vocal pop music, the era of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Bing Crosby, and Rosemary Clooney. ... Cabaret is a form of entertainment featuring comedy, song, dance, and theatre, distinguished mainly by the performance venue - a restaurant or nightclub with a stage for performances and the audience sitting around the tables (often dining or drinking) watching the performance. ... 1994 was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International year of the Family. ...


Garden State Arts Center controversy

On August 24, 1990 O'Connor was scheduled to perform at the Garden State Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey. The practice of the venue was to play a recording of the American national anthem before the show began. O'Connor refused to go on if the anthem was played. Venue officials acquiesced to her demand and omitted the anthem, and so O'Connor performed. But the incident made tabloid headlines the next day and O'Connor came in for heavy criticism. The Arts Center then banned her from ever appearing there again. August 24 is the 236th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (237th in leap years), with 129 days remaining. ... 1990 is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Horn Antenna in Holmdel Holmdel Township is a township located in Monmouth County, New Jersey. ... Nicholson took the copy Key gave him to a printer, where it was published as a broadside on September 17 under the title The Defence of Fort McHenry, with an explanatory note explaining the circumstances of its writing. ... A tabloid is a newspaper — especially in the United Kingdom — that uses the tabloid format, which is roughly 23½ by 14¾ inches (597 by 375 mm) per spread. ...


Saturday Night Live controversy

O'Connor's career received a significant blow—especially in the United States—on October 3, 1992, when she appeared on Saturday Night Live as a musical guest, hosted by Tim Robbins. She was singing an a cappella version of Bob Marley's "War" when, significantly, she changed a lyric from "racial injustice" to "sexual abuse." [1] (http://www.notbored.org/sinead.html). She then presented a photo of Pope John Paul II to camera and, screaming "Fight the true evil!", tore it up before a stunned audience. In the resultant media furor, O'Connor was booed off stages and verbally abused by audiences. October 3 is the 276th day of the year (277th in Leap years). ... 1992 is a leap year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Saturday Night Live (SNL) is a weekly late-night 90-minute comedy-variety show from NBC which has been broadcast virtually every Saturday night since its debut on October 11, 1975. ... Tim Robbins winning the 2004 Oscar for Best Supporting Actor Tim Robbins (born October 16, 1958, also Timothy Robbins) is an American actor, screenwriter, director and producer. ... A cappella music is vocal music or singing without instrumental accompaniment, or a piece intended to be performed in this way. ... Bob Marley Robert Nesta Marley (February 6, 1945 - May 11, 1981), better known as Bob Marley, was a singer, guitarist, and songwriter from Saint Ann, Jamaica. ... His Holiness Pope John Paul II (Latin: ), born Karol Józef Wojtyła [1] (May 18, 1920 – April 2, 2005), reigned as Pope of the Roman Catholic Church and sovereign of Vatican City for almost 27 years, from 16 October 1978 until his death. ...


Saturday Night Live had no foreknowledge of O'Connor's plan, and has resisted invitations to rebroadcast the incident (however, it is available on volume four of Saturday Night Live - 25 Years of Music[2] (http://www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0000A1HQC/) DVD, one of SNL's compilation video sets). When the Comedy Channel occasionally reruns the episode, the incident is replaced with Sinead holding up a picture of a smiling black child. This is likely how the song was performed in rehearsal. Saturday Night Live (SNL) is a weekly late-night 90-minute comedy-variety show from NBC which has been broadcast virtually every Saturday night since its debut on October 11, 1975. ...


On September 22, 1997, O'Connor was interviewed in Vita, a Italian weekly newspaper. In the interview she asked the Pope to forgive her. She claimed that the tearing of the photo was "a ridiculous act, the gesture of a girl rebel." She claimed she did it "because I was in rebellion against the faith, but I was still within the faith." She went on to quote St. Augustine, by saying "Anger is the first step towards courage." September 22 is the 265th day of the year (266th in leap years). ... 1997 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Reef. ... Augustine is the name of two important Saints: Augustine of Hippo (354-430) -- philosopher and theologian, author of The City of God, Confessions Augustine of Canterbury (d. ...


Ordination

In the late 1990s, she was controversially ordained into a splinter Catholic group, by Irish bishop, Michael Cox, in disregard for the prohibition on the ordination of women within Catholicism. As a result she was automatically excommunicated by the Catholic Church. Cox contacted her to offer ordination following her appearance on the RTÉ's Late Late Show, during which she told the presenter, Gay Byrne, that had she not been a singer, she would have wished to have been a Catholic priest. After her service of ordination, she indicated that she wished to be called Mother Bernadette Mary. A bishop is an ordained member of the Christian clergy who holds a specific position of authority in any of a number of Christian churches. ... Bishop Michael Patrick OConnor Cox (bor 1945), ordained on the 1 January 1978, consecrated a Palmarian Bishop in 1982. ... Excommunication is religious censure which is used to deprive or suspend membership in a religious community. ... Radio Telefís Éireann (RTÉ; English: Radio and Television of Ireland) is the national publicly-funded broadcaster of Ireland. ... For the American late-night talk show presented by Tom Snyder, Craig Kilborn and Craig Ferguson, see The Late Late Show (CBS). ... Gay Gaybo Byrne (born August 5, 1934) is an Irish broadcaster. ...


In 2003 she announced that she was going to leave the music industry [3] (http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1471518/04252003/oconnor_sinead.jhtml) and train to be a catechist (teacher of the Catholic religion to school children). 2003 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Catechism Lesson, by Jules-Alexis Meunier, 1890 A catechism is a summary of Christian religious doctrine. ...


O'Connor has been married twice. Her first marriage was to John Reynolds, a record producer, writer and musician who co-produced several albums, including her fourth, Universal Mother, in 1994. Her second marriage was to Nicholas Sommerlad, a journalist said to be related to the Queen of Sweden (whose maiden name is Sommerlath), in 2002 but they separated in 2003. John Reynolds is an Irish record producer. ... In the music industry, record producer designates a person responsible for completing a master recording so that it is fit for release. ... 1994 was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International year of the Family. ... A journalist is a person who practices journalism, the gathering and dissemination of information about current events, trends, issues and people. ... Her Majesty Queen Silvia (Silvia Renate Sommerlath), styled Her Majesty The Queen, was born on 23 December 1943 in Heidelberg in Germany. ... 2002 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2003 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In a magazine article and in a programme on RTÉ (Ryan Confidential, broadcast on RTÉ 1 on May 29, 2003), she outed herself as bisexual, stating that while most of her sexual relationships had been with men, she had had three relationships with women. She has three children, a son, Jake, by her first husband, a daughter, Roisin, by The Irish Times columnist John Waters, and a son, Shane. Radio Telefís Éireann (RTÉ; English: Radio and Television of Ireland) is the national publicly-funded broadcaster of Ireland. ... May 29 is the 149th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (150th in leap years). ... 2003 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Bisexuality is a sexual orientation characterized by romantic love or sexual desire for members of either or both genders, contrasted with homosexuality, heterosexuality, and asexuality. ... The Irish Times is Irelands newspaper of record, launched in the late 1850s. ... John Waters (born Co. ...


She has claimed to have been physically, sexually and mentally abused by her mother, who was killed in a car accident when Sinéad was 17. Her claims have been disputed by other members of her family.


Discography

I Do Not Want What I Havent Got is an album by Sinéad OConnor released in 1990 on Chrysalis Records. ... She Who Dwells in the Secret Place of the Most High Shall Abide Under the Shadow of the Almighty is a 2003 album by Sinéad OConnor. ...

External links

  • http://www.sinead-oconnor.com/ - an unofficial Sinéad O'Connor website

 
 

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