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Rory Gallagher

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. In 1963, aged fifteen, Rory bought his trademark Fender Stratocaster. He discovered the blues when pop magazines and radio were scarce in Ireland and 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, contemporaries, fellow musicians, film maker Tony Palmer and Taste drummer John Wilson talk about Rory from his meteoric rise in the 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.
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MARCUS CONNAUGHTON is a veteran of the Irish record industry. In the late 1980s he joined RTE as a radio producer. Over the past twenty-plus years, he has produced a wide range of programming from the Metal Show on 2FM to Bluestime on RTE Radio 1, and currently presents and produces Seascapes. He delivered the Inaugural Rory Gallagher Memorial Lecture in November 1995 in Cork, and has compered and spoken at numerous tributes to the late guitarist in Ireland, Britain and Europe.


"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 * "Essential reading for Gallagher fans old and new [ - ] Encyclopaedic chronicle." * Irish News * "Lavish production ... in-depth study." * Books Ireland * "The best-looking book on Rory so far." * Record Collector magazine * "Beautifully presented." * The Archive * "A must for Gallagher fans and musical nostalgists of every hue." * Irish Examiner * "At its best in capturing the heady swirl of Gallagher's early days." * Irish Independent * "Handsomely produced." * RTE Guide * "Music Book of the Fortnight ... impressively detailed." * Hot Press * "Comprehensive and authoritative." * Donegal News * "Alive with photographs." * Southern Star * 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 *

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