New book on Rory Gallagher release

The late Guitar legend Rory Gallagher.

RORY Gallagher was Ireland’s first ever rock star; a shy and gentle young musician who became a guitar hero and icon to legions of fans, selling 30 million records world-wide.

Now, 17 years after his untimely death, the first comprehensive and authoritative Rory Gallagher biography finally hits the shelves.


Rory Gallagher: His Life and Times, published by The Collins Press and written by Marcus Connaughton, a veteran of the Irish record industry and a blues expert.

Featuring exclusive interviews with many of Rory’s contemporaries, including the multi award-winning filmmaker Tony Palmer, Rory’s Taste band mate John Wilson and U2’s world-renowned sound engineer Joe O’Herlihy, it provides the most personal insight yet into the life and music of one of the greatest guitarists the world has seen.

Single-minded, extremely private, and never satisfied with his work, Rory was something of a loner and a very difficult nut to crack. From buying his famous Stratocaster guitar as a Cork schoolboy, to life on the road, to band break-ups, to recording with Jerry Lee Lewis and Muddy Waters, this compelling biography attempts to offer an honest and thorough look into the world of Ireland’s most enigmatic musician.

Filled with never-before-seen photographs and exclusive insights, Rory Gallagher: His Life and Times is a compelling testament to the musical life of a legendary rock star told by contemporaries, road crew, family and friends.


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