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Rory Gallagher: The Man Behind The Guitar

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Rory Gallagher is revered as one of the world's greatest guitarists. He bounded across the stage with the swagger of a rock star, but offstage he was a shy, unassuming man. There were no wild parties, no marriages and divorces. His short life shifted between the bright lights of his success and the darkness of personal struggle. 

Gallagher was a multi-instrumentalist, songw

Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published October 22nd 2018 by The Collins Press
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Rob Twinem
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Rory Gallagher was one of the greatest Irish rock musicians of the mid 70's. A shy impressionable young man who was only truly happy when he stood centre stage and performed as only he could in front of his adoring and worshiping fans. However underneath that sensitive persona was a man uneasy in his own company, restless, unable to settle preferring to tour endlessly. In the quiet dark moments he consumed an increasingly dangerous amount of alcohol and prescription drugs (prescribed for him to ...more
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a brilliant insight into the music of Rory Gallagher, from his showband days to his unfortunate early demise.
Julian Vignoles has a good grasp on the facts and also pulls quotes from all kinds of sources, giving an insight to the kind of Ireland Rory Gallagher grew up in.
The author also does his best to get inside the personal, off stage life of the blues legend but as he was so notoriously private, details are still relatively sparse.
This biography soars while Rory is in his pomp, descri
Mark Morgan
Dec 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Rory Gallagher was a very private person even though he was a rock n roller and the first half of the book bares this out, as it is mostly comments taken from interviews and also analysing his songs, which in some cases could have been autobiographical.
The second half of the book does seem to be more about him. He seems to have been a paradox, on the one hand not out partying and drug taking ( he did drink and that sadly was his downfall) but in the studio, where his music was concerned stubbor
Patrick Macke
Mar 04, 2020 rated it liked it
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Two hundred pages later and it's hard to say I know anything about the man behind the guitar, maybe nobody does ... It seems clear now that Rory wanted the music to be the story and I'm good with that ... Still, in reading about Rory I can't help but think of the story of Alan Wilson (of Canned Heat) as told in the book "Blind Owl Blues" - two musical savants, socially awkward, mystically tied to the blues ... It's a lonely story save for the music ...more
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Great breakdown of the importance culturally of the young bluesman and an insight into his music and life, well recommended.
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