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'Phil Lynott didn't do it with a shrug... he did it with a yell': Thin Lizzy legend's friends and family share rare insights into the troubled star

New documentary was a dream project for film-maker and Thin Lizzy fan Emer Reynolds, she tells Paul Whitington

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Star focus: the new Phil Lynott documentary, entitled Songs for While I’m Away, is about to be released

Star focus: the new Phil Lynott documentary, entitled Songs for While I’m Away, is about to be released

Star focus: the new Phil Lynott documentary, entitled Songs for While I’m Away, is about to be released

People often talk about the impact Irish musicians have had on national self-confidence over the years, whether it's U2's dragon-slaying in America, Enya's sonic ubiquity in the late 1980s, or The Boomtown Rats' first appearance on Top of the Pops.

But before any of them - and long before the dreaded boy bands - there was Philo.

From the moment Thin Lizzy first appeared on Top of the Pops in 1973, having scored an unlikely hit with the traditional song Whiskey in the Jar, Phil Lynott looked and sounded like a megastar.


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