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Wilko Johnson

Season 1, Ep. 5

This is the fifth and final episode of this first series of Star Guitar - and it's a suitably great episode to go out on, I think.


My guest is Wilko Johnson, formerly of Canvey Island pub-rock pioneers Dr Feelgood.


Famed for his inimitable, rhythmic style of playing and incredible stage presence, Johnson has been described by the likes of Paul Weller as one of the most influential British guitarists of all time. At the age of 72, he certainly shows no signs of slowing down, with a tour announced for 2020.


I went to his house in Southend in the summer of 2018 - yes, this recording was made a while ago but Wilko's remarkable story remains the same - where Wilko demonstrated his unique playing style, told me about his beloved 1962 Telecasters and matching Stratocaster and explained what it was like being given a terminal cancer diagnosis (or misdiagnosis as it turned out) in 2013, and what happened when he went to Rockfield Studios in Wales to record his most-recent album, Blow Your Mind.


I have more episodes in the bag and some others lined up, so Star Guitar will be back in the New Year. Until then, enjoy Wilko Johnson.

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