Rory Gallagher—Live!—From the Hotel of the Dead

Tim MacGabhann


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Rough Trade Books
14 September 2023
ISBN: 9781914236358

From the publisher

Tim MacGabhann’s Rory Gallagher—Live!—From the Hotel of the Dead is a poetic, psychedelic bar-crawl of the soul—a multi-faceted conjuring with the seminal pan-Atlantic Ireland-to-the-Americas cultural criss-crossing. Sections riffing on the heroes and figures of America’s blues tradition, also talk back to the ‘folk process’ of loanings and stealings that link Europe’s folk music to that of the Americas, while other voices seem to slip in and out of the poem, altering our loci in place and time and consciousness—just whose heartbreak is it we’re dealing with here, we ask, the poet’s remarkable scope and ambition held in supreme control even as we descend, hungover, once again.

Translated into the Irish language by Colm Breathnach, thanks to Literature Ireland.

This is a work of creative imagination, and is in no way authorised by Rory Gallagher and his Estate, nor is it an official Rory Gallagher release.