Born in Woodville Convent Home, Raddlebarn Road and baptised in St Edwards Church.
would have marked the 60th birthday of Phil Lynott, lead singer of the
seminal Irish rock band Thin Lizzy. What has this got to do with
Birmingham and the Archive I hear you ask?
Well Phil was actually born in Birmingham and lived here for the
first few years of his life with his mother Philomena. Amazingly, we
also think he made his last ever appearance on record with a Birmingham
musician, Colbert Hamilton a.k.a Black Elvis about 3 weeks before his
death. This record has lay hidden and unheard for some 25 years.
In association with Sam Coley and Ellie Gibbons from the Birmingham
School of Media at BCU and Paul Murphy of The Destroyers, BMA have made
a 26 minute documentary and two audio/visual slideshows celebrating
Phil Lynott, from his early days in Birmingham to his eventual death.
We uncover and listen to the ‘lost’ track and talk to Colbert about the
I’m really pleased to announce that BBC WM will be playing the
documentary in fill on Saturday 22nd August at 13.05 pm. Also on the
BBC is a tribute page which can be accessed here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/birmingham/content/articles/2009/08/19/thinlizzy_feature.shtml
You can also see and view the audio/visual slide shows that accompany the documentary here: http://www.vimeo.com/5834434