Martin Popoff Releases The Definitive Thin Lizzy story in 417 pages over two books

Spread the metal:

If you have my old Thin Lizzy trilogy, you don’t need this—same material.

If you have From Dublin to Jailbreak: Thin Lizzy 1969-76, this one, The Sun Goes Down: Thin Lizzy 1977-83 is the brand-new second and last book that completes the Thin Lizzy story to Phil’s death.

But I’ve been low-key on Dublin, and waiting until the circuit was complete, so I didn’t sell too many separately. So this offer is for the complete Thin Lizzy story in two volumes. Email me at if you want one or the other.

Dublin’s Thin Lizzy have become one of the most revered cult acts of all time, studious and discerning fans of hard rock the world over reveling in the storytelling acumen of the legendary Philip Lynott and the craft and class of his band.


From Dublin to Jailbreak: Thin Lizzy 1969-76, through numerous new interviews with most of the principles involved and a mountain of painstaking research, examines the band’s suite of seven records culminating in 1976’s regal and storytelling Johnny the Fox.


Thin Lizzy, Shades Of A Blue Orphanage, Vagabonds of the Western World, Nightlife, Fighting, Jailbreak, Johnny the Fox… along the way, alcohol and drugs wreak havoc between band members, producers and managers, but despite lineup changes and a mostly grinding, rockscrabble existence, Ireland’s favourite sons persevere to experience, finally, the smash hit record they’d deserved for so long.


Immerse yourself in Popoff’s celebrated record-by-record methodology and emerge a rejuvenated Lizzy fan, newly appreciative of the deep album tracks hiding within this singular band’s often forgotten early years. The book’s 212 pages and includes a tipped-in photo section to accompany my usual in-depth track-by-track play-by-play type o’ crazy biog.


Interviews for this book included (and most a few times), Eric Bell, Scott Gorham, Brian Downey, Gary Moore and Brian Robertson along with a couple of managers in Terry O’Neill and Ted Carroll, producers Nick Tauber and Ron Nevison, Nigel Grange from Vertigo, Frank Murray who kept it all together on the road, cover artist Jim Fitzpatrick, and a range of others. As well, historical press interviews helped bring out the real Phil in all his dastardly guises.


And then The Sun Goes Down: Thin Lizzy 1977-83? Well, in short, it’s the stories of the records Bad Reputation, Live and Dangerous, Black Rose, Chinatown, Renegade, Thunder and Lightning and Life/Live, along with the harrowing details around Phil Lynott’s tragic death. Also included is some good stuff on Grand Slam and Phil’s two solo albums. Like Dublin, there’s a tour archive as well. 205 pages. So there you have it, two book comprising 417 pages of Lizzy love.


Prices for both including shipping:

US orders: $59.00 US funds

Int’l orders: $69.00 US funds

Canadian orders: $66.00 Cdn. funds


Sweet postage savings to be had for multiple orders to the US or Canada. Europe not so much, as my postage cost is now linear by weight. Or mail payment (personal check in US funds, cash, or INTERNATIONAL money order), to:

Martin Popoff

P.O. Box 65208, 358 Danforth Ave.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4K 2Z2


Email me at with any further questions, and see for descriptions, cover art and ordering info for my other available 30 or so books (and no, Lizzy won’t be up at the site for another week or so, BUT YES, THEY ARE IN MY OFFICE READY TO SHIP).