Rory Gallagher: The Man Behind the Guitar
by Julian Vignoles (The Collins Press)
Reviewer: Donal O’Donoghue Julian Vignoles follows many other attempts to pin down Ireland’s greatest guitarist, an elusive and enigmatic musician who seemed to only truly come alive on stage. This forensically researched book is culled from articles and interviews (including Gallagher’s brother, Donal, who is currently working on a biography of his sibling and was critical of this book before publication).
This is a professional job, from the great detail of the early days to reading behind the lines of Gallagher’s songs and the extensive discography at the end. A regular church-goer, a hard drinker, Gallagher was a bluesman who played on the edge and lived for his music. He was just 47 when he died in a London hospital, having contracted an infection following a liver transplant. Fans may not learn anything new in these pages, but the Rory story is all here, in his words and his music.