Legendary blues rock guitarist Rory Gallagher was recently voted Ireland’s best musical artist by listeners of Dublin’s independent national radio station Newstalk. Rory at the top of the list, beating U2, SLIM LIZZY, Van Morrison and Christy Moore.
Gallagher is still considered to have achieved one of the greatest sets in history Reading Party when it was launched 50 years ago, in the summer of 1971.
On Thursday August 26, the Museum Of Reading will launch a major exhibition entitled “The 1971 Reading Festival: For the First Time”. The exhibition takes its title from Rorythe 1971 song “For the last time”.
Thanks to the generous support of the Rory Gallagher estate, various objects of RoryThe archives of will be presented for the first time in a British public museum, including Rorythe 1966 Fender Telecaster, its Vox AC30 amplifier and other elements that Rory played at the festival 50 years ago.
Organized by a rock photographer Jill Furmanovskythe exhibition tells the story of the first Reading Party through rare and previously unseen photographs, posters, ephemera and rock memorabilia, celebrating 50 years of Reading Party.
the Reading Party is part of the highly anticipated September 3 release of the 50th anniversary box set of GallagherThe 1971 self-titled debut solo album “Rory Gallagher”. Containing five discs, the deluxe box set includes an all-new mix of the original album, 30 previously unreleased outtakes and alternate takes, a 1971 BBC Radio John Peel Sunday Concert, plus four tracks from the 1971 BBC session. Radio Sounds of the Seventies. , all mastered at Abbey Road Studios. Also included is an unreleased 50-minute DVD of Rorythe very first solo concert of which was filmed in Paris, for the “Pop Two” TV show.