"Definitive" Rory Gallagher
RORY Gallagher once
described his Stratocaster guitar as his "best
He said: "I don’t like to get sentimental about
these things, but when you spend thirty years of
your life with the same instrument it’s like a
walking memory bank of your life there in your
Fans of Ireland's first
ever rock star will be lining up to get a new
biography that has just hit the shelves. 'Rory
Gallagher: His Life and Times' is written by Marcus
Connaughton, a veteran of the Irish record industry
and a blues expert.
Connaughton recounts how the shy and gentle young
musician, who was born in Co Donegal and raised in
Cork city, became a guitar hero and icon to legions
It features exclusive interviews with many of Rory’s
contemporaries including the multi-award-winning
filmmaker Tony Palmer, Rory’s Taste band mate John
Wilson and U2’s world-renowned sound engineer, Joe
O’Herlihy. "It provides the most personal insight
yet into the life and music of one of the greatest
guitarists the world has seen,"
The late Rory Gallagher. (Photo: Fin
said a spokesperson for
publisher, Collins Press.
"Single-minded, extremely private, and never
satisfied with his work, Rory was something of a
loner and a very difficult nut to crack. From buying
his famous Stratocaster guitar as a Cork schoolboy,
to life on the road, to band break-ups, to recording
with Jerry Lee Lewis and Muddy Waters, this
compelling biography attempts to offer an honest and
thorough look into the world of Ireland’s most
The book is filled with never-before-seen
photographs and exclusive insights and is "a
compelling testament to the musical life of a
legendary rock star told by contemporaries, road
crew, family and friends," added the spokesperson.
The book is priced at €19.99 and is available in
bookshops and from Collins Press.