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The Irish rover: Phil Lynott and the search for identity

O'Hagan, Lauren 2021. The Irish rover: Phil Lynott and the search for identity. Popular Music and Society 44 (1) , pp. 26-48. 10.1080/20567790.2019.1653623

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Phil Lynott, the lead singer of the rock band Thin Lizzy, was a complex character. An illegitimate black child who grew up in a working-class, Catholic district of Dublin, Ireland in the 1950s, Lynott spent his life searching for a sense of belonging, something which he explored through rock and roll. This study uses Lynott’s song lyrics to investigate his quest for identity. In particular, it identifies the many recurring themes and archetypes in his music that offered multifaceted self-portraits of his internal conflict between being black, Irish, illegitimate, a rockstar, a Lothario, a son, a father, and a husband, all at the same time.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: English, Communication and Philosophy
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0300-7766
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 2 October 2019
Date of Acceptance: 6 March 2018
Last Modified: 10 Nov 2021 16:31

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