About

I write about music and literature. Over the past 15 years my features, interviews, reviews and criticism has appeared in the Observer, New Statesman, the Guardian, Radio Times, The Word, Uncut, the Telegraph, GQ, Time Out, the Herald, Sunday Herald, MOJO, Esquire, Event, the Sunday Express, the Sydney Morning Herald, Oxford American, theartsdesk and Rolling Stone.

 

GraemeThomsonPhotoI’m the author of several books. UNDER THE IVY: THE LIFE & MUSIC OF KATE BUSH was described by the Irish Times as “the best music biography in perhaps the past decade” and by MOJO as “superb”. Record Collector called I SHOT A MAN IN RENO (Bloomsbury, 2008) “one of the most informative and fulfilling music books you’re ever likely to read.” BEHIND THE LOCKED DOOR, a biography of George Harrison, was published at the end of 2013 in the UK and early 2015 in the US. It was serialised in GQ and described by the Chicago Tribune as “magisterial”.

 
My authorised biography of Philip Lynott, COWBOY SONG, was published in the UK by Constable in February 2016, and will be published in the US on May 1, 2017, by Chicago Review Press. Full coverage here.

I live in Edinburgh with my wife and children.

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3 thoughts on “About

  1. hi graeme,
    iv,e just read cowboy song,
    as a lover and frequent watcher of lizzy through the late 70,s to the end it bought back many memories and thoughts of happy days of my late youth,
    i first saw lizzy at birmingham odeon in dec 1977,bad reputation tour with the line up of lynott,gorham,robertson and downey,
    after that saw all permutations of lizzy up untill the end,seems hard to think that phil is 30 yrs past,
    i am even considering going over to dublin to visit his resting place,
    thanks for bringing the past back to life,
    regards
    tony caulton,
    derbyshire,
    england

  2. Great comments.
    I’m 4/5th into Cowboy Song and it’s a brilliant read. I read with sadness as to what Phil could’ve gone on to achieve. As a script writer I’ve written a Comedy for TV series titled IRISH BARRY about a Thin Lizzy fan who makes a stand against establishments who attempt to exploit us with there hidden or unexplained charges.
    Brilliant stuff Graeme..!! Mark

  3. Hi Graeme,

    Just read cowboy Song. Incredible stuff! You got an email address. Would love to talk further. I’m Edinburgh based

    Cheers

    Jonny

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