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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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
on 25 October 2012
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 30 October 2012
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 28 October 2012
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
on 14 October 2012
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 24 November 2012
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 - grab Lynott and tell him "Phil you idiot STOP". The book is frank, unpartisan and well researched. If you are looking for a book that portrays the man in a sugar coated, forlock tugging way this is not the book for you. If you want a book that portrays the man behind the myth, in all the complicated and fragile ways good and bad he was made up then buy it. It is a hard read at times emotionaly if you are a Phil Lynott fan, but it's worth the journey.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 10 November 2012
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 15 November 2012
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 close frind of Phil.
A lot more information regarding early years,the record companies and Phils solo career etc.
If you are Lizzy fan,well worth adding to your collection.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 14 October 2012
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
on 18 October 2013
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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