Phil Lynott at 60

“If you’re into hard rock - and you’re not into Phil Lynott and Thin Lizzy - you’re not a rocker. Anyone growing up in Dublin, involved in the rock music scene, had to be influenced by Phil Lynott…”
Johnny Lyons, Hot Press Music Journalist, Presenter Dublin’s 98FM

This radio documentary and audio-slideshow were produced to celebrate the life of Thin Lizzy frontman Phil Lynott – who died on January the 4th 1986. Had he lived, he would have turned sixty in August 2009.

Like Lynott, Birmingham based musician and poet Paul Murphy was also born in August 1949. As Murphy prepares to turn sixty he visits landmarks in Lynott’s life and talks with the people he meets on a journey from Birmingham to Dublin. Murphy looks back on Lynott’s life and explores the little known fact that this Irish icon was actually born in Birmingham.

This documentary was commissioned by the Birmingham Music Archive and was broadcast on BBC West Midlands, Absolute Radio UK, and Spin FM Dublin in August, 2009, to mark what would have been Lynott’s 60th birthday. Many thanks to Ellie Gibbons for her photography work, Paul Murphy and Jez Collins from the Birmingham Music Archive.

The equipment used included a Marantz PMD660 Recorder, a Beyer Dynamic M58 Microphone and an Adobe Audition 3.0 Digital editor. Photography was carried out with a Canon EOS 30d Digital Camera, Tamron 28-75 f2.8 SP AF Di lens, Canon 18-55mm f4.0 – 5.6 lens and a Metz 54 MZ-4i Digital Flash and Sto-Fen Omni Bounce.