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Philip Lynott: Renegade of Thin Lizzy [Paperback]

Alan Byrne
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Mentor Books (10 April 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 1906623880
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906623883
  • ASIN: B009M5HBRE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 327,552 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book charts Phil Lynott's musical infancy on the Dublin music scene of the 1960s until his premature death in 1986. It spotlights the musical juggernaut that was Thin Lizzy in their prime and Lynott's subsequent dalliances with other artists outside of the band from the mid seventies onwards. Fresh new interviews with friends, family and colleagues reveal the depths of his creativity, his insecurity and ultimately his failure to commit to anything or anyone outside of his own burning desires for musical greatness.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
Not just another book about Thin Lizzy. The spotlight is on Philip Parris Lynott from the bold striking cover image by Jim Fitzpatrick to the very last page this book gives us the lowdown on the renegade, the vagabond, the poet, the rocker and everything else in-between.

The research here is impeccable and gives the reader a rare insight in to what made Philip Lynott tick. His ventures outside of Thin Lizzy have been largely forgotten and many avenues he pursued are revealed here for the first time. If you think you know the story then think again, this book is an absorbing read and highly recommended, well done Mr Byrne
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another fantastic read, by a great auther 30 Oct 2012
By DaveM
Format:Paperback
Yet again Alan has delved into Phil Lynott and Thin Lizzy's history and pre-history,with passion and knowledge unrivalled by others. He tells of facts and anecdotes probably not even known, or remembered, even by former members of the Band, and the post-history hasn't been dissected in so much detail before. Highly recommended to all fans, and at a price of a couple of pints, is a snip.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Labour of Love 16 Oct 2012
Format:Paperback
Clearly a labour of love from author Alan Byrne, there's little commercial gain to be made from another book about Phil Lynott but he has poured his heart and soul into this tome.
Exhaustively researched and backed by many heavy-hitters that knew Philip Lynott; if anyone out there thinks they know the whole Lynott/Lizzy story they will be surprised and delighted by the gems of information and anecdotes within. That Lynott's great friend and confidante, the renowned artist Jim Fitzpatrick provides the front cover artwork should assure anyone that this is a quality publication.
Byrne comes up with the goods once more.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Digs deeper than the rest. 28 Oct 2012
By PeteMin
Format:Paperback
Finally a Philip bio that shows us most of his many sides, and forensic details regarding the recording of his two solo albums and other solo projects. By speaking with producers, musicians and friends, in particular Jim Fitzpatrick, the author lets the reader get rare insights into what made Phil tick, and the heartbreaking horror show that became his messy, final years.

We see Phil as a loving, but failing family man, a good friend, a kind stranger, but a nightmare boss. But in the end all you see is a lost soul, careering towards the inevitable, unwilling, or unable to stop.

Highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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After enjoying Byrne's first Lizzy book 'Don't believe a word' I was eagerly awaiting this second offering with more spotlight
on the the great front man himself Phil Lynott. As with the first book, the authors attention to detail and the hours of back ground research are blisteringly apparent. The anecdotes are quote heavy and told by the people and performers who knew Lynott the best
and give a interesting and intimate insight into the real Philo. Whether a seasoned Thin Lizzy head or a casual listener or even just discovering the work of Thin Lizzy and Lynott's solo efforts for the first time, this is an invaluable , informative and hugely enjoyable read. Highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read 14 Oct 2012
By frankh
Format:Paperback
At a time when there are a few Lizzy titles floating about Alan Byren comes up trumps again. It looks into the pre Lizzy days in a unique way. Extremly well researched and detailed , it takes the often told Lizzy saga to new depths in a conversational style. Includes some lovely rare photos. Five stars to Mr Byrne again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Byrne did it again 14 Oct 2012
Format:Paperback
As always Alan Byrne has done his homework.
Even if you have read other books about Philip Lynott
you won't regret that you bought this one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Brought down 18 Oct 2013
By bossfan
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Bought this on the recommendation of a friend and to say i'm disappointed is an understatement.This book seems to be mostly a collection of magazine/radio interviews that we've all been aware of for years.Not impressed,sorry Alan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of the Best Books I've read in ages a must buy for Lizzy Supporters
Published 1 month ago by Deeeno
5.0 out of 5 stars He's a Renegade
A great book about the man we are so fascinated with. To hear from the people who worked with him on all different angles of his career was great, it shows the many sides of... Read more
Published 14 months ago by chichi
4.0 out of 5 stars A great read for fans of Phil Lynott.
An excellent book if you are an avid fan of Phil Lynott and Thin Lizzy. Lots of information of the really early days of the best rock band to emerge from the Emerald Isle. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Nessi
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
An excellent book detailing some of the lesser known areas of lynotts life in particular his solo and post lizzy work. Recommend to all lizzy fans.
Published 15 months ago by Mr. M. Hartley
5.0 out of 5 stars A m a z i n g
A truly amazing price of honest informed writing.... . if you thought you had read it all before .....think again ..... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Finuminuminum Pork
5.0 out of 5 stars Not your average Rock Bio
I'd have to agree with the previous reviews. Alan's book is Brutaly honest - at times I felt a tear forming - at other times I wanted to scream at the book, reach into the page -... Read more
Published 21 months ago by BiGDavE
5.0 out of 5 stars Philip Lynott;Renegade of Thin Lizzy
Alan Byrne has done it again,new interviews with those who knew him well,and a lot of input from Jim Fitzpatrick,who contributed a lot of artwork on the Lizzy albums,and was a... Read more
Published 21 months ago by AFDUK
5.0 out of 5 stars Renegade of Thin Lizzy.
At last a book that delves more into Lynotts work outside Lizzy, a side that has mostly been forgotten by other writers. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Murt Brennan.
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