Rory Gallagher Concept Album and Crime Novel Set To Be Released

(Classic Rock) Rory Gallagher's music has inspired author Ian Rankin to write a novella in the best spirits of crime fiction, the kind of stories that inspired many the blues guitar icon's best-known tracks.

And the results will be released in the form of a unique concept album called Kickback City, which includes Gallagher tracks and a novella called The Lie Factory by award-winning writer Rankin.

He explains: "I was approached by Rory's brother, Donal, who asked if I knew that Rory was a big fan of crime fiction. When you look at it, the songs, the lyrics and especially the titles: Kickback City, Continental Op –the title of a Dashiell Hammett book – it all makes sense.

"Donal mentioned that he was thinking of putting together an album of Rory's songs that are to do with crime and thriller elements, and asked if I wanted to get involved. It was great fun; the story was just obvious to me. It would be noir, the classic Raymond Chandler or Philip Marlowe private eye." More details.

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