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Black Rose Still In Bloom
The Philip Lynott Exhibition is a remarkable tribute to Ireland’s most iconic rock star. For those who have not yet immersed themselves in its powerful narrative, the remaining time is short. With that in mind, we thought it was time to celebrate what has been a brilliant journey for everyone involved.
Craig Fitzpatrick, 26 Aug 2011
A tribute to a Tribute. Still In Love With You – The Philip Lynott Exhibition is an unprecedented project, based on the love and affection that is widely felt for a great Irish artist. What’s more it has been an astounding success, with fans arriving from all over the world to immerse themselves in its unique glow.
They have come from the four corners of Ireland. They have travelled from the furthest reaches of the UK. And they have also come from further afield: from Germany, France, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Spain and Italy in Europe; and from places as disparate and different as Japan, Canada and Brazil too.
As the exhibition prepares to wrap up its Dublin summer run – by which time over 30,000 people will have visited it – a significant date in the Lynott calendar is fast approaching. On August 20, we celebrate the birth of Philo.
It is an astonishing thought. Were he alive today, Philip Parris Lynott would be just about to turn 62 years of age. Try to picture what he might look like. The hair would have to have receded. There would be grey streaks. There would be bags under his eyes. He might not carry himself to his full 6ft 2ins height. But the twinkle would still be there in his eyes, and the mischievousness that went with it. And without a shadow of a doubt he would still have that essential rock ’n’ roll swagger which made Philip Lynott what he was: the rock ’n’ roll prototype that other Irish artists could only ever try to emulate.
And so with all of that in mind, let us reflect on both the remarkable man who irrevocably changed the rock landscape in Ireland, and the remarkable journey that getting this tribute to him off the ground entailed.
The kernel of the idea was formed more or less at this time last year. The idea was to do a mini exhibition at The Music Show, which went ahead over the first weekend in October. But it became clear in the preparation of that exhibition that only the surface was being scratched. As the dust settled on The Music Show, the feeling was: why not go the whole hog? Why not do it properly and get the whole Philip Lynott saga down in exhibition form?