Wilko Johnson autobiography out in May

Wilko Johnson will released his official autobiography “Looking Back On Me”Â on Wednesday May 30th, 2012.  Hailed as a unique, vibrant and hotly anticipated autobiography of the former Dr Feelgoodguitarist, British R&B legend and proto-punk pioneer,  the autobiography is written and collated with acclaimed music writer and friend of Louder Than War  Zoë Howe.

Fascinating, funny, deeply personal and visually compelling, Looking Back At Me is a fascinating rock ‘n’ roll scrapbook and oral history, and genuine treasure trove, marking the first time Wilko has told his story, no holds barred.  The book can be pre-ordered online from Cadiz Music here.

Within these colourful pages, the Canvey Island raised guitarist shares his recollections on everything from his Essex childhood and his Indian odyssey as a hippy, to the wild, turbulent days of Dr Feelgood and Ian Dury and The Blockheads, to his current band featuring Norman Watt-Roy (bass) and Dylan Howe(drums). Wilko also expands on his love for astronomy, art, literature, clouds, poetry, sci-fi, and Shakespeare; making him the ultimate Renaissance man of rock.

Amid the twists, turns and tangents, the autobiography features many previously unseen images of Wilko from throughout his life, as well as an array of ephemera and anecdotes from notable Wilko fans including Robert Plant, Alison Moyet, JJ Burnel, Keith Levene, Gavin Martin and Whispering Bob Harris. The book also features a foreword by Mick Farren.

Wilko will appear at an exclusive book signing at Rough Trade East at 6pm on Wednesday May 30th.  The signing will be following by a Q&A and a half hour set featuring Wilko and his band.  Rough Trade East is located at Dray Walk, Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL.


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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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