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This review is from: Phil Lynott: The Rocker (Paperback)
My teenage years would not have been the same without Lizzy's music and I was in mourning for weeks when Phil died, so I was eager to read this book. I enjoyed most of the aspects of this book, mainly the story of his life and loves, but felt that the book would have been easier reading if there was a separate list in chronological order of the pubs/clubs he played in. Mark Haddon did cover this in the text but there was too much confusing information at once, so I felt lost where he had played before etc and spent much of my time trying to put things into context. Also I would love one day to visit Dublin and if a list of the pubs/clubs he played at in his early years was displayed, I could get this information much more effectively. After (and during reading) this book I played all of my albums again and felt I had a greater insight where Phil was during a particular song, at that period of his life.
I felt his complicated relationship with his mother was not explained fully enough, how did he remain close to a woman he barely saw whilst growing up?
I was at Live-Aid and did wonder at the time why Lizzy were not playing, especially as Phil had close links with both Geldolf and Midge Ure (I had presumed he couldnt do it), so after reading this book I felt very angry to find out that in his time of need his so-called-friends let him down.
All in all this book is a must for anyone who would like to understand the way of life for a rock star in the 70's and 80's. Drugs and alchol were (and presumably still are)the "norm", therefore was not unusual for rock stars to live hard and die hard (and young).