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Cowboy Song

Cowboy Song

‘The truest measure of the man we have thus far’ – Mojo

‘Affectionate, impeccably researched biography’ – Mail on Sunday

‘Head and shoulders above the usual rock hagiography’ – Sunday Telegraph

The first biography to be written with the cooperation of the Lynott Estate, Cowboy Song is the definitive authorised account of the extraordinary life and career of Thin Lizzy guiding spirit, Philip Lynott.

Leading music writer Graeme Thomson explores the fascinating contradictions between Lynott’s unbridled rock star excesses and the shy, sensitive ‘orphan’ raised in working class Dublin. The mixed-race child of a Catholic teenager and a Guyanese stowaway, Lynott rose above daunting obstacles and wounding abandonments to become Ireland’s first rock star. Cowboy Song examines his key musical alliances as well as the unique blend of cultural influences which informed Lynott’s writing, connecting Ireland’s rich reserves of music, myth and poetry to hard rock, progressive folk, punk, soul and New Wave.

Published on the thirtieth anniversary of Lynott’s death in January 1986, Thomson draws on scores of exclusive interviews with family, friends, band mates and collaborators. Cowboy Song is both the ultimate depiction of a multi-faceted rock icon, and an intimate portrait of a much-loved father, son and husband.
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Genre: Biography & True Stories / Biography: General / Biography: Arts & Entertainment

On Sale: 25th February 2016

Price: £9.99

ISBN-13: 9781472121066


An affectionate and unflinching book on Lynott ... It's the substantive flesh Thomson puts on the bones of Lynott's personal life, though, that makes Cowboy Song the truest measure of the man we have thus far - and a must-read for anybody ever smitten by Lizzy's fatally-flawed romantic
James McNair, <i>Mojo</i>
Well researched ... poignant ... revealing
RTE Guide
A genuinely sympathetic portrait
An admirable book ... there are times when Graeme Thomson's prose reaches astute heights and stirs recognitions
James O’Connor <i>Irish Times</i>
Affectionate, impeccably researched biography ... an impressively well-rounded story
Geoff Barton <i>Mail on Sunday</i>
Head and shoulders above the usual rock hagiography
Neil Armstrong, <i>Sunday Telegraph</i>
John Spain, <i>Belfast Telegraph</i>
Even non-Thin Lizzy fans will find much to fascinate in Cowboy Song. Thomson's account ... is absorbing
Irish Examiner
Packs a real emotional punch
An excellent, painstaking life ... Crowther's afterword about her errant bad-boy hubbie and their "beautiful, strong, funny, creative and loving girls ... of whom he would be so very, very proud" brought tears to my eyes
Barney Hoskyns, <i>Guardian</i>
Cowboy Song goes further - uncovering how Lynott's race, country, and complex family life fed into his singular poetry and music
Michael Curle, <i>Irish Post</i>
Engrossing ... a candid depiction of a complicated soul
David Burke, <i>Rock’n’Reel</i>
Edel Coffey, <i>Belfast Telegraph</i>