We are shocked and saddened by the death of  the great Jon Brookes the Charlatans drummer.

Not only a great drummer but also a great bloke…we will shed a tear for him today and play the old records and celebrate his life and of the band.


I met him loads of times and like the rest of the band he was a massive music fan, top bloke and always very helpful for young bands and always in touch with the fans –  a rarity in modern music. He was also a fucking great drummer and a towering presence in the band.



He had battled cancer and a brain tumour for some time but the sickness finally took him.


Full obituary on its way…

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Award winning journalist and boss of Louder Than War. In a 30 year music writing career, John was the first to write about bands such as Stone Roses and Nirvana and has several best selling music books to his name. He constantly tours the world with Goldblade and the Membranes playing gigs or doing spoken word and speaking at music conferences.


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