Documentary on Thin Lizzy’s deceased frontman Phil Lynott to be released in autumn 2020
Great news for fans of Thin Lizzy as a documentary of their now deceased frontman Phil Lynott titled Phil Lynott: Songs For While I’m Away will be getting released in cinemas during this upcoming autumn.
The following message was posted on Eagle Rock Entertainment‘s Facebook page earlier today (with slight edits):
“Coming to cinemas Autumn 2020, Phil Lynott: Songs For While I’m Away is a feature documentary on the life and music of Phil Lynott, telling the story of how a young black boy from working class 1950’s Dublin, became Ireland’s greatest Rock Star. Sign up for updates at www.phillynottfilm.com
Phil Lynott: Songs For While I’m Away is a Globe Production in association with Fís Éireann / Screen Ireland. It is produced by Cowtown Pictures and Eagle Rock Films and directed by Emer Reynolds.”
Wikipedia summarizes Lynott‘s music career as follows (with slight edits)
“Philip Parris Lynott (/ˈlaɪnət/, LY-nət; 20 August 1949 – 4 January 1986) was an Irish singer, musician, and songwriter. His most commercially successful group was Thin Lizzy, of which he was a founding member, the principal songwriter, lead vocalist and bassist. He was known for his imaginative lyrical contributions including working class tales and numerous characters drawn from personal influences and Celtic culture.
Lynott was born in the West Midlands of England, but grew up in Dublin with his grandparents. He remained close to his mother, Philomena, throughout his life. He fronted several bands as a lead vocalist, including Skid Row alongside Gary Moore, before learning the bass guitar and forming Thin Lizzy in 1969. After initial success with “Whiskey In The Jar”, the band had several hits in the mid-1970s such as “The Boys Are Back In Town”, “Jailbreak” and “Waiting For An Alibi”, and became a popular live attraction combining Lynott‘s vocal and songwriting skills with dual lead guitars. Towards the end of the 1970s, Lynott embarked upon a solo career, published two books of poetry, and after Thin Lizzy disbanded, he assembled and fronted the band Grand Slam, of which he was the leader until it folded in 1985.
Following Thin Lizzy, Lynott increasingly suffered drug-related problems, particularly an addiction to heroin. In 1985, he had a final chart success with Moore, “Out In The Fields”, followed by the minor hit “Nineteen”, before his death in 1986. He remains a popular figure in the rock world, and in 2005, a statue in his memory was erected in Dublin.”
Thin Lizzy performing “Jailbreak” live in the ’70s: