Schlock-Wire: Don’t Miss Out On Martin Popoff’s New THIN LIZZY 69–76 Biography!

The Schlock-Wire closes out 2011 on a rock-scholarly note with some belated good news for Thin Lizzy fans.  Martin Popoff, a specialist in biographies on hard rock legends, has released the first installment of a biography on Irish legends Thin Lizzy.  This tome is entitled Fighting My Way Back: Thin Lizzy 69-76 and covers the first half of the group’s career in an album-by-album style, complete with interview quips from all surviving members of the group.  It was released in November and was down to 170 available copies at the beginning of December so if you’re a Lizzy fan, you better move quickly.  Read on for the legendary Lynott details, including responses from the band and a link to a cool interview with Popoff himself…

Fighting My Way Back: Thin Lizzy 69 – 76

As the back cover blurb sez…

Dublin’s Thin Lizzy have become one of the most revered cult acts of all time, studious and discerning fans of hard rock the world over reveling in the storytelling acumen of the legendary Philip Lynott and the craft and class of his band.

Fighting My Way Back: Thin Lizzy 69 – 76, through numerous new interviews with most of the principles involved and a mountain of painstaking research, examines the band’s suite of six records culminating in 1976’s superlative and sparkling Jailbreak, home of such hits as Cowboy Song, Emerald, Jailbreak and The Boys Are Back In Town.

Thin Lizzy, Shades Of A Blue Orphanage, Vagabonds Of The Western World, Nightlife, Fighting and then momentously Jailbreak… along the way, alcohol and drugs wreak havoc between band members, producers and managers, but despite lineup changes and a mostly grinding, rockscrabble existence, Ireland’s favourite sons persevere to experience, finally, the smash hit record they’d deserved for so long.

Immerse yourself in Popoff’s celebrated record-by-record methodology and emerge a rejuvenated Lizzy fan, newly appreciative of the deep album tracks hiding within this singular band’s often forgotten early years…

The book’s 280 pages include 328 rare, archival black & white photos and memorabilia shots to accompany my usual in-depth track-by-track play-by-play type o’ crazy biog.

Fresh new interviews for this book included (and most a few times), Eric Bell, Scott Gorham, Brian Downey, Gary Moore and Brian Robertson along with a couple of managers in Terry O’Neill and Ted Carroll, producers Nick Tauber and Ron Nevison, Nigel Grange from Vertigo, Frank Murray who kept it all together on the road, cover artist Jim Fitzpatrick, and a range of others. As well, historical press interviews helped bring out the real Phil in all his dastardly guises.


When I say rare, it’s rare that an interview with me is transcribed! So hail to George Pacheco. I appreciate the effort, as I transcribe interviews all the time and I know how long it takes. Our chat was set up around my Fighting My Way Back: Thin Lizzy 69-76, but a lot of it revolves around Thin Lizzy’s music and career moves, good an’ bad.

Anyway, I read the whole thing and it doesn’t look like I said anything too stupid, so here’s the link:

Also, some nice things have been said about the book:

“I think it’s the best book about Lizzy that I’ve seen so far. It’s very quirky in a nice way. I like the print and the paper and the way the photos are used. It reminds me of a very thick comic, again in a good way. And the way it’s written.”
Eric Bell, Thin Lizzy guitarist 69-73

“I must say I am very impressed! If you ask me, that’s the best book you did so far. Can’t wait to read part II.”

Matthias Mader, Publisher Iron Pages (Iron Pages have published German editions of my Dio, UFO, Rainbow and Sabbath books, with Deep Purple out shortly).

“You’ve got lots of pictures in there nobody has ever seen and it reads well. It’s got a nice flow to it. You’ve gone into great detail.”

Andy Gee, Thin Lizzy touring guitarist 74


OK, the usual… books will be signed by me to you so let me know if it’s a present.

Price including shipping:

US orders: $34.00 US funds

Int’l orders (all books go air): $45.00 Cdn. funds

Canadian orders: $38.00 Cdn. funds

PayPal happily accepted!

Ask me if you’d like a PayPal invoice, or just do yer usual and direct funds to

Or mail payment (personal check in US funds, cash, or INTERNATIONAL money order), to:

Martin Popoff

P.O. Box 65208 , 358 Danforth Ave.

Toronto , Ontario , Canada

M4K 2Z2

Email me at with any further questions, and see for descriptions, cover art and ordering info for my other available 30 or so books. Nice savings on shipping can be had if you take a few things, and as you know, I’m always good for swingin’ a deal for two books or more. Just ask.

2 Replies to “Schlock-Wire: Don’t Miss Out On Martin Popoff’s New THIN LIZZY 69–76 Biography!”

    1. Thanks for writing in, Peter. I ordered my copy of the book yesterday and look forward to checking out the images you provided for it.

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