35 years on the road with Rory Gallagher and Nine Below Zero
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Riding Shotgun is the story of Gerry McAvoy's life before, with and since Rory Gallagher. But it's also a story about a group of young musicians growing up amid the madness that was Belfast during the Troubles. And how, out of that cauldron of violence and hatred, emerged a group of performers who were to take the world by storm and launch an Irish assault on popular music that continues to this day. The story of how, amid the hype and insincerity of the music business, a softly spoken and intensely shy Corkman could become a legend: a folk hero to whom all modern Irish musicians - from Bono to Boyzone - acknowledge a debt of gratitude.

Based on over 100 hours of personal recollections and interviews with many of Rory's friends and colleagues in the UK, Ireland and Europe, and illustrated throughout with

dozens of unique and previously unseen photographs from Gerry's personal collection, Riding Shotgun is a sometimes shocking and often hilarious account of what it was

really like to be a musician in one of the 1970s' biggest rock bands. It's also, quite possibly,

the nearest we will ever get to unravelling the complex character that was and remains Rory Gallagher.

Published in the UK and Ireland by:

SPG Triumph, Maidstone, Kent ME16 9HE

Hardback ISBN   978-0-95503-200-4

Paperback ISBN  978-0-95503-201-1

352 pages plus 32 pages of photographs

Price: £20.00 (Hardback) and £12.99 (Paperback)

The German language edition – On the Road: Mein Leben mit Rory Gallagher und Nine Below Zero – is published by:

HEEL Verlag GmbH, Gut Pottscheidt, 53639 Königswinter, Germany


Hardback ISBN 978-3-89880-569-8

318 pages plus 32 pages of photographs

Price: €19.95