When Gary Moore died a couple of years ago i remember Bob Geldof in his tribute saying that Gary was one of a trinity of great Irish blues men which were Van Morrison,Gary Moore and Rory Gallagher and i couldn't agree more but Van has dipped into all sorts of music genres such as jazz, country, folk,soul etc and Gary could never seem to decide if he was a rock star or a blues guitarist but i think Rory was uncompromising in dedicating his life to the blues which was the music he loved.He didn't care about fashion and carried on regardless through the changing fads of music wearing the same check shirts and playing the same beloved Fender Stratocaster guitar throughout his whole career.He bought it secondhand in Cork in 1963 for £100 which was a lot for a young kid back then and he paid it off in instalments.
I must say Marcus has unearthed some great photos for this book.They are quite stunning and many previously unseen.In conclusion i think this is a great book that fans of Rory gallagher will love.You can find out more about this book by watching this very interesting video.
I have had some great feedback to this review.One music fan who lives in Canada called Dave Cooper has given me permission to show these photos of Rory that he took backstage and at a Rory concert in 1974.Thanks Dave.
Blair Whyte from Northern Ireland sent me this comment and some photos he took of Rory in the early days of his career.Thanks Blair.
Many thanks for the review Pat. I am actually currently reading this book. I am a long time admirer of Rory both as a musician and a person. I saw Rory the first time he played in Belfast and developed a good friendship with him during his early days in Belfast. Many memorable times. One in particular is when he was playing support for John Mayall. I had to drive JM to Portstewart in my Mini ( you can imagine how comfortable how he was stretched out in the back seat!). That gig became infamous due to JM being told he had to play 'The Queen' at the end, 'cause that's the way it was here in N Irland in those days. It features on one of his (JMs) bootlegs if you Google JM and Portstewart there is a clip.