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Thin Lizzy: The Boys Are Back in Town (Anglais) Broché – 15 novembre 2012

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One of the defining rock groups of the 20th Century, Thin Lizzy began life in Dublin in 1969 when childhood friends Phil Lynott and Brian Downey were approached by two former members of Van Morrison's band 'Them', Eric Wrixon (keyboards) and Eric Bell (guitar). Now for the first time, their story is told by guitarist Scott Gorham and rock journalist Harry Doherty. The band s story is told by the people who were involved directly including former guitarists, road crew, management, family and friends. Their origins in Dublin as a three piece with the Whiskey in the Jar single and a string of unsuccessful but highly creative albums. The move to London to chase the dream of being a major rock band. The chaotic arrival and departures of various members including Eric Bell (who left the band mid concert), Irish guitarist Gary Moore, Brian Robertson and co-author Scott Gorham. How the albums Jailbreak and Boys Are Back in Town took the band to the top of the charts just as they were to become bankrupt. Includes stories of the band on the road, the drink and drugs and how the years of partying, drug-taking and non stop touring eventually took its toll on not only the band members but on their families. The death of front man Phil Lynott and their legacy following his death.

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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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HASH(0x991a9e28) étoiles sur 5 Interesting Read. 23 juillet 2013
Par Todd M - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Informative book about one of the greatest rock bands. Gives great insight from their slow rise to eventual collapse. Kind of sad they didn't really catch fire in the United States like they did overseas.
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HASH(0x9cb256c0) étoiles sur 5 definitive ... not sure why the low ratings? 13 novembre 2013
Par Richardson - Publié sur Amazon.com
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For under 20 bucks this book is a terrific resource for Thin Lizzy fans. I can't understand why the low reviews? TONS of pictures and for my money the best look at the behind the scenes drama that was Thin Lizzy ever put to print. I read excerpts of this in UK guitar magazines and was thrilled to read that they were from a forthcoming book and I picked this up immediately. If you are a fan of the group this is the single best resource for information and really cool photos documenting their entire career.
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HASH(0x98a67264) étoiles sur 5 Worthy of the Coffee Table! 20 juin 2015
Par Rick D. Evans - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I was concerned that this would be a bunch of pictures, with little content, or since it was co-written by Scott Gorham, something skewed toward making him look like the star. Instead what we get is a well written honest account of the Thin Lizzy’s entire history. An excellent, well rounded book, on one of the great bands of the 70s. The primary writer is Harry Doherty who was there with Lizzy at several points in the 70s, and of course Gorham was, so you get a strong record of what went down. Still, I have some quibbles; the book will be flowing nicely, but then Doherty will sort of take the first person voice about something he witnessed, and you’re wondering who the heck is suddenly talking. Then you realize it’s this unknown author that you don’t care about. A little arrogant I think.

You can’t write a book about Thin Lizzy without talking about the drugs, but I like that that doesn’t become the overwhelming din until near the end. Also, unlike another Lizzy book I recently read, this book doesn’t pound you over the head with the fact that the band weren’t getting any (other than one) U.S. hits. Instead the band was pretty darn happy with all their hits and success in other countries. I like that it focusses on the music and the albums, but unfortunately not enough on each song. I know some people find that boring, but I’m always interested on discussions about particular songs, especially by those who played on them.

My final quibble is, once again, we have authors (one who was in the band) bad mouthing Nightlife and Renegade. I just don’t get that mantra. Prior to Fighting, Thin Lizzy wasn’t a hard rock band, and the soulful, jazzy and rockin Nightlife is the culmination of their early period; easily the best of the first four albums. Then there’s their 2nd to last album Renegade, which continues to get blasted as their worst. Have these people heard Lizzy’s first two albums? I’d also easily rank Renegade above Chinatown, and Johnny the Fox, and I’d even rank it above the great Black Rose. I just think it’s a shame for Gorham to so easily discount a significant body of his work, that he actually should be proud of.

Anyway, the book includes terrific photos to accompany every period. I’m usually more into content but I have to admit, this balance makes the book worthy of the coffee table, and the best account of the band I’ve read yet.
HASH(0x98eeb738) étoiles sur 5 It’s a story told with a lot of inside knowledge and a lot of love: Doherty became a friend of Lynott’s 30 avril 2015
Par Maria Haskins - Publié sur Amazon.com
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The story of Thin Lizzy is in many ways the story of Phil Lynott, and it’s a story with a lot of glorious highs and a lot of tragic lows. This book by Harry Doherty goes deep inside the life of the band: how it formed, how it struggled through the early lean years, and then hit the big time. It’s a story told with a lot of inside knowledge and a lot of love: Doherty became a friend of Lynott’s, and his love and respect for the band, the band’s music, and for the front-man is obvious and really adds to the reading experience.

Gorham provides some real insight as well, and some heartbreaking and hilarious insider stories: his feelings of trepidation the first time he hit the stage with Thin Lizzy in Ireland is a prime example. Both Gorham and Doherty illustrate vividly in this book how hard it was for Thin Lizzy to find a producer capable of capturing the band’s live energy in the studio. (Just imagine if Thin Lizzy had found their own George Martin!). There are lots of stories here about the many different guitarists that came and went (and came back again) through the years, and some brilliant tales from Gorham about writing songs with Lynott, touring the US, and how that signature guitar sound came about.
HASH(0x9903bf84) étoiles sur 5 Great info about great band, needed a wee bit editing 10 janvier 2015
Par Edvis - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Any fan of Lizzy will find this interesting, and the book makes a strong case that these lads were the best live hard rock band ever, but never reaching their true potential due to hard drugs and lack of care and feeding from beginning to end. Like the Stones, the band's greatness was due to a perfect core -- bass and vox (Lynott), drums (Downey), and guitar (Gorham) -- and seemed able to keep making decent music and weather almost any storm, mainly the revolving door of lead guitar players. Except there was no Mick to get his head above water and keep the sub connected to the surface when too much of the core (Lynott and Gorham) sunk under the weight of it all -- especially the drugs.

All that writ, the book could have used a decent editor to eliminate some needless typos and factual faux pas, plus build a better armature to tell a very dramatic story. This is a rock n roll tragedy of the highest order, a great band that could have taken the crown had Lynott been able to pull out of the dive. Especially at the end, things jump around a bit and some sentences simply don't make sense. Lizzy deserves a decent edit, boys!
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