The Paperback Edition
of the definitive biography of Thin Lizzy's charismatic lead singer, Phil Lynott
. Telling the fascinating and tragic story of one of rock music's most enigmatic and exciting figures, The Rocker
is everything that any fan could want to know about the original rocker.
Using dozens of interviews with family, friends and band members, author Mark Putterford gives a touching and sometimes shocking account of the life of the one and only black Irish rock legend. From his early beginnings in a town just outside Dublin, to his incredible storming of the hard rock sound in the 1970s and 1980s, to his tragic demise at the cruel hand of drugs in 1986.
This really is a brilliant biography for any fan of Thin Lizzy, Phil Lynott or of classic rock or Guitar-based music in general. It's the story of a genuine outsider, possibly the greatest black rock musician since Jimi Hendrix. On his own he's an interesting figure, but combine this with his turbulent lifestyle, his absolutely incredible musicianship, and the tragic, almost mythical circumstances surrounding his death, The Rocket becomes a poignant tale of the rise and fall of a rock superstar.
The man who penned such perfect rock belters as 'Jailbreak,' 'The Boys Are Back In Town,' and 'The Rocker' is revealed in this intimate portrait of a genius, continuing a long line of literary Irishmen like Joyce, Yeats, Wilde and Van Morrison. The story is most definitely a page-turner, a testament to the exciting and, at times, unbelievable life that the Thin Lizzy legend led.
Phil Lynott: The Rocker is a brilliant biography about an even more brilliant star that would be immensely interesting for any fan of rock music and Thin Lizzy.