1952 - 2011
Hello to all Gary Moore fans!
As most of you will know by now, I am writing the official biography and Zoli asked me to give you all an update. I have already written biographies of Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, Alexis Korner, Graham Bond plus articles for Mojo, Classic Rock and their Blues magazine and other magazines.
After two years of research, I have finally started writing the book. Why has it taken so long to get to this point? Well, I work full time for a UK drugs charity called DrugScope and I have interviewed over 100 people for this book, the most for any of my books apart from Jimi Hendrix. But in that case, I had somebody working with me, who conducted a number of the interviews on my behalf. This time, I am on my own. And of course, I work during the day, musicians work at night and are touring, so you can see how time can fly past trying to set things up. But I have to say that everybody has been very cooperative and happy to share their memories of Gary.
Writing a book like this is like doing a large jigsaw puzzle. First you have to do the outside, to frame the puzzle so you can see the shape of what you are doing before you can start with all the detail. So the research is the frame and the writing is the detail. I can’t say yet when the book will be published because that has yet to be worked out – but when I know, I’ll be sure to tell Zoli. In the meantime, it’s head down and keep writing.
Harry Shapiro, 26th June 2014
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