29th June 2022 0 By Jon Deaux

Gary Moore is definitely in my list of top five guitar influences, right up there with Jimi Hendrix, Eddie Van Halen, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Michael Schenker. He just blew me away from the first time I heard him.’ Kirk Hammett 


‘The most powerful, genuine authentic blues-rock guitarist of his day.’ Jack Bruce 


‘He was a huge guitar influence. I probably ripped off Gary Moore more than any other guitar player.’ Vivian Campbell 


‘Gary opened the door for me and a lot of other blues-rock guitarists. He was a legend, a musical titan and a very nice man.’ Joe Bonamassa


Gary Moore delighted entire generations with his passionate guitar playing, from the driving rock of Thin Lizzy in the 1970s to his explorations in subsequent decades of jazz fusion, heavy metal, hard rock, blues rock, and more. Throughout that time, he could be seen on the world’s biggest stages, yet the real Gary Moore was always hidden in plain sight, giving little away. Now, however, through extensive and revealing interviews with family members, friends and fellow musicians—including Ian Paice, Sharon Osbourne, Greg Lake, Glenn Hughes and members of Thin Lizzy—acclaimed rock biographer Harry Shapiro is able to take readers right to the heart of Gary’s life and career. 


Despite his early death in 2011, Moore still has legions of devoted fans across the world who will be enthralled by this unique insight into the life of a guitar genius who did it his way, and whose music lives on. Beginning with Gary as a teenage guitar prodigy in war-torn Ireland and continuing through the many highs and lows of more than forty years in rock, Shapiro paints an intimate portrait of a musician widely hailed as one of the greatest Irish bluesmen of all time.


Authorised by and written with the full cooperation of his estate, and featuring in-depth analysis of his instruments and equipment, Gary Moore is the definitive biography of the last great guitar hero.


Harry Shapiro is a music writer and journalist. His biography Jimi Hendrix: Electric Gypsy was nominated for the Ralph J Gleason Music Book Award, while Waiting For The Man: The Story Of Drugs And Popular Music was voted best music book of the twentieth century by the BBC Millennium website. Jack Bruce: Composing Himself was published by Jawbone in 2010. 

His other books include biographies of Eric Clapton, Alexis Korner and Graham Bond. 


Digital review copies available now. Author available for interview and to write features.


Gary Moore: The Official Biography

Published September 27th, 2022, by Jawbone Press (

386pp softcover with 16pp photo insert

ISBN 978-1-911036-97-5 / $24.95 US / $32.95 CAN / £14.95 UK

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