Issue No 1 - November 21st 1981
THE ONLY MUSIC MAGAZINE ON C-60
This issue includes an (audio) interview with
The Authorized Biography of
published: 25th Feb 2016
The Authorized Biography of
Lizzy fans take note:
the eBook version has an extra chapter not found in the hard-cover version, discussing 1985 and Philip's music.
Fans of the late Phil Lynott will be interested in the memoirs of band guitarist Scott Gorham.
Named after their biggest hit The Boys Are Back In Town, the book, co-written with journalist Harry Doherty, gives the inside story of the band's days on the road.
Read JT's interview with Alan Byrne
A People's History
This new book tells the story of Irish rock legends Thin Lizzy in the words of over 400 fans.
Published by Manchester-based Spenwood Books and compiled by music historian Richard Houghton, Thin Lizzy – A People’s History brings together previously untold eyewitness accounts of the band in action, from their Dublin roots to their break up in 1983.
Richard Houghton said:
‘The Thin Lizzy story is one of myths, legends, romance, rock riffs and some of the greatest music to blast over the airwaves in the Seventies and Eighties. More than anything, the band famed for hits ‘Whiskey in the Jar’, ‘Jailbreak’, ‘The Boys are Back in Town’ and ‘Waiting for an Alibi’ are remembered for exhilarating live performances – the twin guitars, the explosive drumming, the dry ice, the police sirens and flash bombs, all orchestrated by their iconic lead singer and bass guitarist, Phil Lynott. Lizzy were the first rock band from Ireland to achieve international fame and Phil Lynott one of the most celebrated and most fondly remembered musicians in rock.’
Thin Lizzy – A People’s History takes the reader on a journey through Lizzy’s career, from Phil’s Dublin childhood to Lizzy’s early success, the trans-Atlantic breakthrough with the album Jailbreak and the chasing of fame in America, and on to the rows, the walk outs and the band’s break up.
It captures the line up changes that saw Lizzy get through five guitarists - Eric Bell, Brian Robertson, Gary Moore, Snowy White and John Sykes – and ends with the disappointment of failing to break America, the impact on the band of drugs, Phil’s ill-fated attempt to continue his career post-Lizzy and, ultimately, the sad loss of one of the most charismatic front men in music history.
Richard Houghton said:
‘I’ve talked to people who saw Lizzy at the very start of their career right through to the very end. Shining through the book is Lizzy’s rapport with their audiences, with tales of dressing room encounters with Phil, Brian Downey and Scott Gorham, who were determined to stay connected to their fanbase even at the height of fame. This is Lizzy, live and dangerous on stage and up close and personal from the fan’s perspective.’
Thin Lizzy – A People’s History is published by Spenwood Books on 8 July 2022 and available to order now via bookshops or direct from spenwoodbooks.com.
For a PDF of the book for review purposes, please email
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Richard Houghton lives in Manchester and is the author of more than a dozen rock music histories, from The Beatles to Shaun Ryder of the Happy Mondays.
Richard Houghton is also available for interview. For more information, please contact Richard Houghton on 07717 581435 or
Inside the Quality Street Gang
My Life in the Manchester Underworld
by Jimmy Donnelly
JIMMY DONNELLY IS an underworld legend. Known to all as Jimmy the Weed, he has mixed with the most notorious gangsters in Britain and the Costa del Crime in a criminal career spanning five decades. He has been arrested on suspicion of serious crimes including murder, drug supply, violence and fraud, has faced numerous court trials – and walked free from them all.
Most infamously, Jimmy was a key figure in the Quality Street Gang, a mysterious group of ex-fighters, car dealers, scrap merchants and businessmen. They socialised with the city's elite, from footballers to rock stars and inspired the hit song, 'The Boys Are Back In Town.' They were also targeted by Greater Manchester Police who suspected them of involvement in major crime. In the mid-eighties they became embroiled in the sensational Stalker Affair, which led to a national political scandal and ultimately the resignation of the city's deputy chief constable.
In this explosive autobiography, Jimmy tells how he rose from humble beginnings to own pubs, clubs, car pitches and massage parlours, how he became the biggest illicit ticket agent in the North, and his great friendship with numerous figures from the worlds of crime, showbiz and sport, including the formidable exboxer Jim Swords, the man the QSG grouped around. He has seen and done it all: and tells it in unvarnished detail.
About the author:
JIMMY DONNELLY was born in Manchester in 1940 and worked as a youth on Smithfield Market, where he made many of the friends later dubbed the Quality Street Gang. He went on to own numerous pubs, clubs and businesses and to be immortalised in Thin Lizzy's 1976 rock anthem, 'Johnny the Fox Meets Jimmy the Weed'. Now retired from crime, he lives quietly in the Ancoats area of the city.
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