Rory Gal­lagher: The Man Be­hind the Gui­tar

bi­og­ra­phy

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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.

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