The progress of music in Ireland
'I suppose that if we didn’t have a Harry White we would have to invent one. After all, who else in Ireland can write with such a passion, facility and breadth of knowledge that is so impressive, and at the same time infuriate and antagonise with such ease? … this is a book I will come back to again and again. Infuriating, opiniated and biased though he may be, we need more Harry Whites in this country.’ John O’Conor, Irish Times.
'I enjoyed this read ... It is deeply reflective, provocative, taunting and tempting in its engagement with its topic. Along with the author’s other writings, and not least because of its very useful and comprehensive index, it will be cited in support of and in opposition to many future arguments', Seán MacLiam, Irish Economic and Social History (2007).