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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (5 Oct. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340768398
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340768396
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 2.5 x 25.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 452,690 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'An autobiography which dispenses with a traditional life-narrative in favour of an approach that's far more innovative and revealing. This is one of the few music books you'll read in which the subject eloquently communicates their love of music and illustrates just what it has meant throughout their life.' (Independent on Sunday )

'poetic and honest' (FT )

'a frank account of the much-loved singer's rip-roaring career' (The Daily Telegraph )

'Essential reading for anyone who owns even one Christy Moore CD.' (The Irish Times )

'intimate, absorbing and sometimes disturbing' (Sunday Independent )

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The best-selling autobiography - combining song lyrics and memories - of Ireland's greatest musical icon and national hero. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Jenni Doherty on 22 Jan. 2004
Format: Paperback
This is an astounding collection of Christy's favourite songs, 500 in total, and the stories that go with them, how they sustained and carried him around the world. From the dizzy heights of the Palace cinema in Newbridge, Co. Kildare to the lonely citadel of Carnegie Hall in New York, Christy has performed these songs 5,000 times, each time like the first, never to sing the last. This is an autobiography which dispenses with a traditional life-narrative in favour of an approach that's far more innovative and revealing. It is also one of the few music books you'll read in which the subject eloquently communicates their love of music and illustrates just what it has meant throughout their life. There are some very revealing stories behind the words and music of particular songs and writers. A lot of his material was by unknown authors that he then recreated into his own unique renditions. Included are well-know and much-loved songs from the talents of Bob Dylan, Shane McGowan, Bobby Sands, Woody Guthrie, Pierce Turner, Jimmy Page and Joe Dolan to mention a few.
There are also quite a few references to Derry and the people Christy met and some of the experiences he had during the troubles at the time. His stories are intimate, honest, absorbing and occasionally disturbing and harrowing. He shares the ups and downs of his music career, his personal battles and his family life. His raw energy shines through and his strength and honest outlook are hard to ignore. Christy found that through this 'labour of love' he was able to write about his life through writing about the songs themselves. They are the real words and memories of much more than "An Ordinary Man" who has been on the circuit for nearly four decades. His message to all is "let the music keep your spirits high." Genuine, sincere and full of spirit.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jenni Doherty on 4 Feb. 2004
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This is an astounding collection of Christy's favourite songs, 500 in total, and the stories that go with them, how they sustained and carried him around the world. From the dizzy heights of the Palace cinema in Newbridge, Co. Kildare to the lonely citadel of Carnegie Hall in New York, Christy has performed these songs 5,000 times, each time like the first, never to sing the last. This is an autobiography which dispenses with a traditional life-narrative in favour of an approach that's far more innovative and revealing. It is also one of the few music books you'll read in which the subject eloquently communicates their love of music and illustrates just what it has meant throughout their life. There are some very revealing stories behind the words and music of particular songs and writers. A lot of his material was by unknown authors that he then recreated into his own unique renditions. Included are well-know and much-loved songs from the talents of Bob Dylan, Shane McGowan, Bobby Sands, Woody Guthrie, Pierce Turner, Jimmy Page and Joe Dolan to mention a few.
There are also quite a few references to Derry and the people Christy met and some of the experiences he had during the troubles at the time. His stories are intimate, honest, absorbing and occasionally disturbing and harrowing. He shares the ups and downs of his music career, his personal battles and his family life. His raw energy shines through and his strength and honest outlook are hard to ignore. Christy found that through this 'labour of love' he was able to write about his life through writing about the songs themselves. They are the real words and memories of much more than "An Ordinary Man" who has been on the circuit for nearly four decades. His message to all is "let the music keep your spirits high." Genuine, sincere and full of spirit.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By po'luanaigh@brookes.ac.uk on 2 Jun. 2001
Format: Hardcover
Chrsity has written a book that evokes the same emotions as his music. As book you can easily dip in and out of ... skipping bits and coming back later .. just like real life his 'life story' windes and moves along, hghlighted by stories, songs, pictures and emotion.
Well done Christy - Up Moorefield !
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By anuk@lineone.net on 21 Oct. 2000
Format: Hardcover
I have been a great fan for many years however even I was delighted with the format which this book has taken. Trust Christy to not go down the usual root of a bog (!) standard biography. It was wonderful to find the lyrics to old favourites and to rarer material next to details of Christy's life. Perhaps to those who are more obsessed with the great man not enough gory detail was supplied. However as someone who feels that the music speaks for the man this to me was a fantastic enlightening and loveable way of exposing just as much as I needed and wanted to know. To all those of us suffering from a Christy in the flesh drought, I would thoroughly recommend this tome.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Jan. 2001
Format: Hardcover
If you know Christy Moore you will love this book, if you dont you will love it even more. The style in which the book is written (Song Lyrics beside naritive ) makes it a joy to bick up and read.
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By Muriel Hucks on 20 Sept. 2013
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This was bought as a present for a fan of christy Moore. He found it very informative and enjoyed reading all the facts.
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enjoying the book, just as good as listening to the cd's and seeing him in concert it was an added bonus to see him in print
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By DB on 11 Oct. 2012
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This is a book with the lyrics of most pre millenium songs sung by Christy Moore with each song having an accompanying anecdote. This book is warts and all that describes his various adventures/misadventures including his battles with drugs and workaholism. This is a must read for all Christy Moore fans.
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