Thursday, 10 January 2013

Wilko Johnson

Why are we all saddened by the news about Wilko Johnson? As well as helping bring the delta blues to the Thames Estuary, developing a unique style of playing and writing some of the most important music of the late 20th century, he's been one of the most charismatic front-men around.

I mean, here he is using his guitar like a machine gun:

And in his wild-eyed, hyperactive pomp:

What's most humbling is his determination to complete that album and continue touring until physically unable. Catch him while you can - fingers crossed he'll make it to Holmfirth. If not, try Julien Temple's 2009 film Oil City Confidential.

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