Thin Lizzy: The Boys Are Back in Town Paperback – 12 Nov 2012
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Harry Doherty has worked as a music journalist since joining Melody Maker in the 70s. He has written features on Thin Lizzy, with whom he developed a close relationship, Queen, Led Zeppelin, Kate Bush, and many others. He founded Metal Hammer and became editor-in-chief on the world's first hard rock video-magazine, Hard 'n' Heavy. He s a contributor to Classic Rock magazine and author of the authorized Queen biography, 40 Years of Queen. Scott Gorham has been a member of Thin Lizzy since 1974 and still tours with the band today.
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Harcore Lizzy fans will tell you TL were one of the greatest rock bands, if not, the greatest. The strength of this book though is its honesty and insight into the many TL shortcomings: Scott speaks of doubts about his guitar-playing ability that made him consider quitting the band; that the record production was poor until Visconti came onboard for Live & Dangerous; that the band didn't know how to write songs until Black Rose; that the band lacked direction with none of the albums having any continuity; Gary Moore describes TL as the "most unprofessional professional band in the world"; Midge Ure speaks of Spinal Tap moments like waiting at American airports for hours to catch flights that took just 20 minutes to reach their destinations. It's this honesty rather than myth-making that is to the book's credit. And great photos help make you feel you're actually on the road with Lizzy.
A bit too much pre-occupation with Ireland for a band that was Anglo-Irish-American-Scottish - I bought the records and went to the concerts not caring whether a couple of the members were from Ireland or Timbuktoo - but overall an engrossing read.
So there I was, turning the pages and re-visiting my life as I remember it all so clearly - are you out there, the amiable drunk man in the audience who threw his arm around my shoulders and got me to dance with him at the Hammersmith in 1981? That's what it was like, the Lizzy army together!
Made me sad, given the early demise of Phil Lynott, but also brought back the most glorious memories of the man and his music and changed my mind about not wanting to see Lizzy without him. So, if "the boys are back in town" somewhere near me, I'm going to go along to pay my respects because Lizzy played a huge part in my musical life and, to this day, the songs live on and I never get tired of listening to them. As Phil says on "Live and Dangerous", are you out there, tell me, are you out there - I reckon there are many people like me who still remember the glory of Lizzy!
I could not put this book down once I started reading it,it is brilliant!!! The photo,s are really great too,most of which I had never seen before.
If you worship the Band ,then buy this book,it,s a must have.
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