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Cowboy Song coverage

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There has been lots of activity around the publication of Cowboy Song on February 25. Here is a summary of some of it, with links where online content is accessible.


‘An outstanding piece of work… There have been other books on Philip but this is the definitive biography’ – John Spain, Irish Independent:

‘Excellent… painstaking… [a] fine retelling of the messy life of Thin Lizzy’s charismatic frontman’ – The Guardian:

‘The truest measure of the man we have… a must-read for anybody ever smitten by Lizzy’s fatally-flawed romantic’ – Mojo:

‘Packs a real emotional punch’ – The Spectator:

‘Heads and shoulders above the usual rock hagiography… it paints a poignant picture of a shy, sensitive artist [who] sacrificed his life on the altar of rock excess’ – Sunday Telegraph:

‘An affectionate, impeccably researched biography… Cowboy Song does Philip Parris Lynott very proud indeed’ – Mail on Sunday:

‘In many ways an admirable book… there are times when Graeme Thomson’s prose reaches astute heights and stirs recognitions’ – Joseph O’Connor, Irish Times:

‘A considerable achievement… the definitive “life”‘ – The Herald:

‘Well-researched… poignant… revealing… what emerges is a jigsaw of contradictions’ – RTE Guide

‘Outstanding’ – Belfast Telegraph:

‘Meticulously researched, richly detailed… a compelling read’ 9/10 – Classic Rock:

‘A ribald, authentic, entertaining tale… This is no eulogy, but an honest, often painful account of the price of star power’ – Irish Examiner:

‘A highly efficient telling of Lynott’s life… riven with close-to-the-bone unsentimentality’ – Sunday Business Post

‘A genuinely sympathetic portrait… Thomson casts [Lynott] as a tragic romantic hero’ – Uncut

‘[A] satisfying portrayal of a rock warrior who sadly did not live long enough to be a survivor’ – Irish MoS


/ Print

Sunday Telegraph:

Irish Examiner:

/ Audio

Cowboy Song special, The Ralph McLean Show, BBC Radio Ulster:

Tom Dunne, Newstalk FM:

The Last Word, Today FM: (starts 38:00)

Jim Fitzpatrick talks about Cowboy Song on Newstalk FM:

Interview with Sue Marchant (starts 31:00):


Words and Guitars:

Guardian, 10 of the Best – Thin Lizzy: – with an accompanying Spotify playlist:

Classic Rock:

The Irish Post:

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