Kickback City, a unique immersive album inspired by the crime noir passion and music of Rory Gallagher will make a great holiday gift for fans of the late Irish blues rocker.
Featuring a specially compiled album of Gallagher’s best crime novel-influenced music, the stunning package also includes an exclusive new novella by Ian Rankin, fully illustrated by graphic artist Timothy Truman. This unique immersive album also includes a special narration of the story by actor Aidan Quinn.
Inspired by Gallagher’s passion for crime novels, Kickback City is a creative collaboration combining the words of Rankin, the illustrations of Truman and of course the music of Gallagher. The result is a brand new kind of concept album – a must have for fans of Gallagher, Rankin, graphic novels and newcomers alike.
Throughout his life, Gallagher was a great fan of the crime noir genre and much of his work was inspired by the characters and themes found in the cult detective novels of authors such as Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett.
Examples of Gallagher’s best crime-inspired material are central to the Kickback City album, providing the soundtrack to Rankin’s newly created novella The Lie Factory. Gallagher’s lyrics and song titles are cleverly woven in to the story.
An international award-winning novelist, Rankin and his hard-boiled, hard-living central protagonist, Detective Inspector John Rebus, are great fans of Gallagher’s work.
The unique album Kickback City is completed by the stunning visuals created by illustrator Timothy Truman (DC Comics / First Comics. A life-long Rory Gallagher fan, the musician, writer and illustrator has been working in the graphic novel industry since the ’80s and is internationally known for his art design for the Grateful Dead.
His first comic series was Grimjack, which centered on a futuristic private eye. In the November 1984 issue “Legacy,” Grimjack is hired to protect a singer-guitar player named Jim Lanyon. The comic book’s cover featured a poster of the rock star, bearing an uncanny resemblance to Gallagher.
“I was turned on to Rory’s work in 1973 when I was a junior in high school in West Virginia,” said Truman. “One Friday night, I turned on Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert and that’s when I first saw Rory. He immediately blew me away. I thought he was the greatest guitarist and performer I’d ever seen and I’ve been a devoted follower of his music ever since.”
Kickback City is packaged like a hardback book, housing 3 audio discs that includes an audio version of the book read by actor Aidan Quinn (Legends Of The Fall, Michael Collins), the 44-page novella The Lie Factory and four “crime scene” postcards, and the crime-inspired Rory Gallagher compilation album. The set also includes a collection of live “crime” tracks (Kickback City Live) recorded at the Cork Opera House, never before available as an audio release.