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This review is from: Phil Lynott: The Rocker (Paperback)
I've become a Thin Lizzy fan in recent years and I have become intrigued by Phil Lynott and the way he lived his life.
What is clear from this book is that Lynott was a determined and dedicated musician, who badly wanted success. It is also clear that when success came knocking at his door, Lynott did not handle the fame game too well. Then there were numerous fall outs with band memebers who came and went, then came back again and then went again!!
It is apparent from the book that Lynott courted celebrity and he ended up with some fairly unsavoury characters hanging around his Kent home. Once the drugs had taken over his life, Lynott was a shadow of the energetic man who strived for success in the early days of Thin Lizzy. It becomes rather moving towards the end of the book when Lynott's heroin addiction takes over his life and ultimatley contributes in no small part to his death.
The book is well researched and written by Mark Putterford and he writes it from a fans perspective. I didn't want to put the book down, especially when it gets to the part of the book where Lynott's career really took off. It is apparent that the band had exciting times on the road and this is captured in the book.
I would disagree with the previous reviewers comments about Live Aid and where were Phil's friends when he needed them most?? At that time, it seems quite clear from the book that Lynott was in no fit state to perform at Live Aid and also it must be remembered that Geldof & Midge Ure were trying to help[ save the lives of many sick people. I think Lynott would surely have approved of this. I think the book makes fairly clear that many of Phil's friends were on the verge of giving up trying to help him because his drug habit was so advanced by this time.
Its just such a shame that someone with such talent was taken away from the World at an early age. It is also clear from the book that Lynnot had plans for the future and its so sad that these plans were never realised.
A good read. If you are a rock fan, its worth buying.