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"Definitive" Rory Gallagher biography published 09.10.12

RORY Gallagher once described his Stratocaster guitar as his "best friend".
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 arms."
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 of fans.
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 Costello).
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 enigmatic musician."
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.
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