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Rory Gallagher: His Life and Times

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 Sinnott to Brian May. He toured incessantly and sold over 30 million albums worldwide. In 1963, at the age of fifteen, Rory bought his trademark Fender Stratocaster. He discovered the blues when pop magazines and radio were scarce in Ireland and later won the Melody Maker Guitarist of the Year in 1972, ahead 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, new in paperback, 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

Click here for an interview with Marcus on The Last Word with Matt Cooper

  • Book Format: Paperback
  • Published: 2017
  • Dimensions: 199 x 133 mm
  • Number of pages: 192
  • ISBN: 9781848893184
  • Illustrations note: Full colour,
Beautifully illustrated.
It is a wonderful work, and I am grateful to have some of my conversation with Rory live on in your pages.
Beautifully presented.
The best-looking book on Rory so far.
Lavish production ... in-depth study.
Essential reading for Gallagher fans old and new […] Encyclopaedic chronicle.
One of 7 books you should own […] Marcus makes the case with passion.
A long time coming.
Not just a great read ... also a beautiful production.
A must for Gallagher fans and musical nostalgists of every hue.
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