Welcome to Spenwood Books
Launched in 2021 we are the newest music book publisher in the UK.
We’re a small independent book publisher located in Manchester, the musical heart of the North West of England and the home of The Hollies, The Bee Gees, 10cc, The Smiths, Oasis, Simply Red, New Order, Joy Division, Happy Mondays, The Fall and many more.
We’re dedicated to the publication of books of fan memories about the greatest bands in the world. We’ve published two books in 2021 and have an exciting line up of more fabulous titles coming in 2022. And our mailing list will be here soon to announce those upcoming titles and more!
The Thin Lizzy story is one of myths, legends, romance, rock riffs and some of the greatest music to blast over the airwaves in the Seventies and Eighties. More than anything, the band famed for hits ‘Whiskey in the Jar’, ‘The Boys are Back in Town’ and ‘Waiting for an Alibi’ is remembered for exhilarating live performances – the twin guitars, the explosive drumming, the dry ice, the police sirens and the flash bombs, all orchestrated by iconic lead singer and bass guitarist, Phil Lynott.
This affectionate oral history uses hundreds of previously unpublished eyewitness accounts to take the reader on a journey through Lizzy’s career, from Phil’s Dublin childhood to Lizzy’s early success, the trans-Atlantic breakthrough with the album Jailbreak and the chasing of fame in America, and on to the rows, the walk outs and the band’s break up.
It captures the line up changes that saw Lizzy get through five guitarists – Eric Bell, Brian Robertson, Gary Moore, Snowy White and John Sykes – and ends with the disappointment of failing to break America, the impact of drugs on the band, Phil’s ill-fated attempt to continue his career post-Lizzy and, ultimately, the sad loss of one of the most charismatic front men in music history.
Shining through the book is Lizzy’s rapport with their audiences, with tales of dressing room encounters with Phil, Brian Downey and Scott Gorham, who were determined to stay connected to their fanbase even at the height of fame.
Compiled by music historian Richard Houghton, Thin Lizzy: A People’s History will have every Lizzy fan cranking the volume as they play their copy of Live and Dangerous.