RATINGS: A = must own B = buy it C= average D = yawn F = puke

Rory Gallagher – Kickback City


Rating: A

The legacy of Rory Gallagher remains alive and well as his family and friends continue to find unique ways to keep his music in front of his fans, both old and young, hopefully attracting brand new ones along the way.

With Kickback City, a new comic book style homage is paid to Rory’s love of crime novels.  The entire hard cover release is a book that is crime novella written by Ian Rankin that features Rory’s songs that are in the genre of this type of classic detective tale. 

It really is a mega creative effort as you have the Gallagher songs that celebrate his love of this genre being the focal point, yet there is a great new tale written by Rankin and wonderful illustrations by Timothy Truman and a special disc that sees actor Adrian Quinn narrate the story.  All three men are huge fans of Rory’s giving this package extra care and love.   

This one wins on all levels, music, creative writing, illustration and thinking outside of the box.  Hopefully, this will be the first type of celebration of Gallagher’s music but not the last. 

By Jeb Wright