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Rory Gallagher: Against The Grain

Review by Chas de Whalley, New Musical Express, 22 November 1975

DO YOU realise that Against The Grain is Rory Gallagher's seventh album since he split Taste? ...

Rory Gallagher: Hammersmith Odeon, Lindon

Live Review by Mick Brown, Sounds, 29 January 1977

NOBODY PLAYS the blues anymore – not unless they're black and old. The blues tradition among young blacks has all but vanished in the mad ...

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Rory Gallagher (1978)

Interview by Cliff White, Rock's Backpages audio, 9 December 1978

The late Irish blues-rocker talks about the struggles involved in recording Photo-Finish; about breaking his thumb and getting a new drummer; about the recording process; about stagecraft and songwriting; about his admiration for Bo Diddley and his experience in the studio with Jerry Lee Lewis.

File format: mp3; file size: 32.6mb, interview length: 33' 54" sound quality: ****

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Rory Gallagher: Fresh Taste For Rory

Interview by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, 8 May 1971

WHAT WERE the real reasons for the break-up of the late lamented Taste at a time when it appeared they were THE live band and ...

Rory Gallagher: 'I Want To Be Playing When I'm Fifty'

Interview by uncredited writer, Beat Instrumental, June 1971

WITH ALL THE troubles surrounding the break up of Taste far behind him, Rory Gallagher is calmly setting out to build upon the high reputation ...

Rory Gallagher: The Influences Behind His Unique Guitar Playing

Interview by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 21 August 1971

HARDLY a day goes by without someone or other phoning the NME and saying: "I've got the next Hendrix" or "My band's gonna blow your ...

Rory Gallagher: Rory Gallagher (Atco)

Review by Lester Bangs, Phonograph Record, 1 January 1972

‘RORY GALLAGHER, formerly of Taste, is now on his own and happening.’ That's what the ads say, but what do they know? ...

Music For Belfast: Rory Gallagher

Report and Interview by Roy Hollingworth, Melody Maker, 8 January 1972

BELFAST GOT A rock'n'roll concert on New Year's Day in the City's notorious Ulster Hall. Heading the bill was Rory Gallagher.  It was the first ...

On the Road with Rory

Report and Interview by Andrew Tyler, Disc and Music Echo, 8 April 1972

Andrew Tyler found out just how hard life on the road is when he followed Rory Gallagher north on a couple of gigs. ...

Rollicking Rory - Live at Leeds

Profile and Interview by Andrew Tyler, Disc, 8 April 1972

YOU SEE THEM EVERYWHERE. Those uniformed peak capped gendarmes with sergeant stripes and an air of placid bewilderment. ...

Rory Gallagher: Travelling Full Circle

Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, 13 May 1972

RORY GALLAGHER admitted this week, that his new year European tour had been a tremendous morale booster.... reinforcing old favourites like 'Laundromat' and 'Sinner Boy' ...

Rory on the Road

Report and Interview by Mark Plummer, Melody Maker, 8 July 1972

RORY GALLAGHER changes out of his striped tee shirt, folds it neatly and places it in his zipper case, exchanging it for an equally familiar ...

Gallagher's Travel

Interview by Chris Salewicz, Let It Rock, February 1973

"They have the push of the line on you!" says Rory Gallagher — who else could be expected to phrase it like that — when ...

Rory Gallagher: Blueprint

Review by Chris Salewicz, Let It Rock, April 1973

MY PAST EXPERIENCES of Rory Gallagher have not all been pleasant – a damp day at Crystal Palace; seemingly countless Grey Whistle Tests (I may ...

Rory Gallagher: Full Blooded Gallagher

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 13 October 1973

DURING A RECENT trip to America I was able to watch Rory Gallagher work at that musical pit of iniquity known as 'The Whisky A ...

Rory Gallagher talks technique

Interview by Steven Rosen, Guitar Player, July 1974

RORY GALLAGHER was mentor and founding member of Taste, a pre-Cream trio which pioneered the way for the so-called "heavy" bands. With his Irish trio ...

Rory Gallagher, Rush, If: Beacon Theater, New York NY

Live Review by Dave Marsh, Newsday, 6 November 1974

Rock in a gilded cage ...

Rory Gallagher: Play For Today, Tomorrow You Die

Report and Interview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, 1975

Rory rocks back to a supersonic reception in California. Harry Doherty is there... ...

Rory Gallagher: Rory Gets The Acoustic Bug

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, 19 July 1975

RORY GALLAGHER made two startling discoveries during his week at the Montreux Festival. One was that Swiss beer has remarkably potent characteristics, despite its deceptively ...

Rory's full of nitty gritty

Report and Interview by Mick Brown, Sounds, 23 August 1975

After their recent success at the Montreux Festival, the Rory Gallagher band moved on to new ground, Finland. ...

Rory Gallagher: Newcastle City Hall

Live Review by Idris Walters, Street Life, 10 January 1976

RORY GALLAGHER is a Conservationist. He preserves various traditions – the old blues, 'British' rhythm and blues, the anti-star guitarist mood and the Celtic will ...

Rory Gallagher... And The Grain Grafts On

Interview by Mick Brown, Sounds, 17 January 1976

"I USED to know the assistant manager at the Hammersmith Odeon when the Beatles played there. He'd deliver their fan mail and hang around while ...

TOTP meets Mr. Gallagher: The Story on Rory

Interview by Dave Schulps, Ira Robbins, Trouser Press, April 1976

LET'S START AT the beginning. Your first band was the Fontana Showband. What exactly is a showband? ...

Rory Gallagher: Calling Card (Chrysalis)

Review by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, 2 October 1976

His first venture into the land of overdub and experimentation – and an unqualified success ...

Rory Gallagher: Calling Card (Chrysalis) ****

Review by Mick Brown, Sounds, 9 October 1976

FOR RORY GALLAGHER to start making any radical departures from established style at this stage in the game would not only be out of character ...

The Rory of the Crowd

Interview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, 16 October 1976

RORY GALLAGHER looked ruffled, most annoyed indeed. He cast a reflective eye across the current mode of pyrotechnical wizardry in rock and was not happy ...

Rory Gallagher

Interview by Mick Brown, Sounds, 4 December 1976

WE ARE going to the University to do a radio interview. Correction; we were going to the University to do a radio interview, but with ...

Rock Stars Talk Back

Comment by Susan Whitall, Creem, May 1977

Dozens listen. ...

Rory Gallagher: Apollo Theatre, Glasgow

Live Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, 22 April 1978

RITUAL IS wonderful for those taking an active part in it, but almost totally meaningless to a dispassionate observer. So that's why I got more ...

Rory Gallagher: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, 5 June 1978

RORY GALLAGHER'S return to London, with two shows at the Hammersmith Odeon at the weekend, emphasized the sway the eternally youthful Irish guitarist holds over ...

Gallagher: The Rory Details

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Beat Instrumental, March 1979

I LOST COUNT of the number of times men in check shirts spilt beer down me. Elderly blues and rock and roll music thundered over ...

Rory Gallagher: The Return Of The World's Best Normal Guitarist

Report by Susan Whitall, Creem, March 1979


Rory Gallagher: Life With Last Year's Model

Report and Interview by Carol Clerk, Melody Maker, 12 September 1981

THEY WERE IN Manchester. It was 8:30 in the morning, and the hotel was quiet. The Rory Gallagher Band and their crew were peacefully sleeping ...

Rory Gallagher: The Flannel Banshee Breaks Out!

Interview by Bill Holdship, Creem, July 1984

SIX I.R.A. BOMBS went off in Belfast the day of Rory Gallagher's second sold-out show at Ulster Hall, including one in the middle of the ...

Flying Back To The Blues With Rory Gallagher

Profile and Interview by Chris Welch, Metal Hammer, 1990

AMONG THE GREAT British guitar giants, there are, men with powerful egos, possessed of erratic genius. Then there is Rory Gallagher. And here is a ...

Rory Gallagher: The Show Must Go On!

Profile and Interview by David Sinclair, Q, July 1990

AT THE START of 1970 the world was Rory Gallagher's oyster. Cream had split up towards the end of 1968 and Hendrix, having dissolved the ...

In The Midst Of A Blues Boom, Rory Gallagher Roars Back

Interview by Susan Whitall, Detroit News, March 1991

WHEN RORY Gallagher decides to take a flyer, he doesn't mess around. After years of soul-numbing touring up and down the American continent, the Irish ...

Rory Gallagher: Town & Country Club, Leeds

Live Review by Simon Warner, The Guardian, 2 November 1992

IT WAS ALWAYS likely to be a heavy onus for the guitarist Rory Gallagher to bear when it was confirmed that he would be the ...

Rory Gallagher 1948-1995

Obituary by Chris Welch, The Independent, 16 June 1995

RORY GALLAGHER was the People's Guitarist. Unassuming, but tenacious, the Irish blues man devoted his life to touring and playing his beloved Fender Strat to ...

Rory Gallagher 1948-1995

Obituary by David Sinclair, Rolling Stone, 10 August 1995

BONO CALLED him "one of the top 10 guitar players of all time," and there is no doubt that Rory Gallagher, who died in a ...

Rory Gallagher Reissues

Review by Carol Clerk, Uncut, October 1998

DeuceIrish TourCalling CardPhoto-FinishFresh Evidence Random selection of work from late Irish guitar hero ...

Rory Gallagher: Ballad of a Thin Man

Retrospective by Colin Harper, MOJO, October 1998

"HE SUFFERED A LOT. His health was bad. He had a problem with drink. His relationships with women were all messed up because of his ...

When The Good Guys Die: Remembering Rory Gallagher

Memoir by Harry Doherty, Rock's Backpages, August 2002

I REMEMBER IT WELL, the day Rory Gallagher died. It was brought back to me the other week when news of George Best and his ...

Rory Gallagher: Blues for the Muse

Retrospective by Charles Shaar Murray, The Word, July 2011

A lost studio album is out – by Rory Gallagher, the man who put all he had into his music and took nothing back in ...

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