Rory Gallagher

His Life and Times (eBook)

By Marcus Connaughton


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Rory Gallagher is a hero and icon of rock music. He inspired guitar players from The Edge to Johnny Marr, Slash to Gary Moore, Johnny Fean to Philip Donnelly, Declan Sinnot to Brian May. He toured incessantly and sold over 30 million albums worldwide. In 1963, at the age of fifteen, Rory bough his trademark Fender Stratocaster. He discovered the blues when pop magazines and radio were scarce in Ireland and later won the Melody Maker Guitarits of the Year in 1972, haed of Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck. Acknowledged as one of the world's leading guitarists, he collaborated with his boyhood hero Muddy Waters, played with Jerry Lee Lewis, Albert King and Lonnie Donegan.
In this compelling biography, contemporaries, fellow musicians, film maker Tony Palmer and Taste drummer John Wilson tell stories about Rory from his meteoric rise in the late-1960s with Taste to his remarkable solo career. This is a compelling testament to the musical life of a shy and retiring working-class hero, distinguished by his check shirts and his astounding dexterity on acoustic and electric guitar - the guitarist and blues man who blazed a trail for others to follow. 
Click here for a candid interview with author and Rory fan Marcus Connaughton
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Bibliographic Data

  • Book Format: eBook
  • Published: 2013
  • ISBN: 9781848899803
  • Illustrations note: Full colour,

Editorial Reviews

"It is a wonderful work, and I am grateful to have some of my conversation with Rory live on in your pages."

– Jas Obrecht, former editor of Guitar Player

"Alive with photographs."

– Southern Star

"Comprehensive and authoritative."

– Donegal News

"Music Book of the Fortnight ... impressively detailed."

– Hot Press

"Handsomely produced."

– RTÉ Guide

"At its best in capturing the heady swirl of Gallagher's early days."

– Irish Independent

"A must for Gallagher fans and musical nostalgists of every hue."

– Irish Examiner

"Not just a great read ... also a beautiful production."

– Evening Echo

"A long time coming."

– The Irish Times

"One of 7 books you should own […] Marcus makes the case with passion."

– Belfast Telegraph

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