“Amateur astronomy is just looking at groovy things and there are a lot of groovy things up there to look at…. I mean Saturn… you could spend ages just looking at it… thinking… that thing exists and its just so beautiful and unlikely… it just looks so artistically good.” Wilko Johnson is an English guitarist, singer, songwriter and actor. He was a member of Dr Feelgood in the 1970s and is often cited as one of the founding influences of the British punk movement. His most recent album, ‘Blow Your Mind’, the first to feature new material for over 30 years was released in 2018 on Chess / Universal. For more information on Wilko Johnson go to http://wilkojohnson.com Further information on John Robb follow him on Instagram @johnrobb77 or Twitter @johnrobb77 Obsessions is a Paine & Porter Production. Andrew Paine Twitter @ItPainesMe Sophie Porter Instagram @soapyporter
We chat with Wilko about his musical career, the Wilko Johnson Band, Dr. Feelgood, Roger Daltery, Game of Thrones and much more! (Interview form 2019) This episode is also available as a blog post: http://rocknbluesbyhughesshow.uk/2019/03/18/interview-wilko-johnson/
In part 2, Wilko Johnson discusses the death of former Dr Feelgood comrade Lee Brilleaux, joining Ian Dury & The Blockheads, having a surprise 2014 hit with Roger Daltrey, and explains to Jim Drury his recent public suggestion for replacing the handshake in these socially distanced times.
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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
One of the most influential British rock guitarists and founder member of Dr Feelgood, Wilko Johnson, tells Victoria Derbyshire why he has turned his back on medical advice and is refusing chemotherapy. The 66-year-old was diagnosed with cancer of the pancreas in December 2012.
John Wilson returns with a new series of Mastertapes, in which he talks to leading performers and songwriters about the album that made them or changed them. Recorded in front of a live audience at the BBC's iconic Maida Vale Studios. Each edition includes two episodes, with John initially quizzing the artist about the album in question, and then, in the B-side, the audience puts the questions. Both editions feature exclusive live performances.Programme 1, the B-side. Having discussed the making of "Down By The Jetty", the debut album from Dr. Feelgood (in the A-side of the programme, broadcast on Monday 27th May and available online), Wilko Johnson responds to questions from the audience and performs live versions of some of the songs discussed.Complete versions of the songs performed in the programme (and others) can be heard on the 'Mastertapes' pages on the Radio 4 website, where all the programmes of this and previous series can also be downloaded and other musical goodies accessed.Producer: Paul Kobrak.
John Wilson returns with the second series of Mastertapes, in which he talks to leading performers and songwriters about the album that made them or changed them. Recorded in front of a live audience at the BBC's iconic Maida Vale Studios. Each edition includes two episodes, with John initially quizzing the artist about the album in question, and then, in the B-side, the audience puts the questions. Both editions feature exclusive live performances.Programme 1, A-side. "Down By The Jetty" with Wilko Johnson.At the beginning of 2013 Wilko Johnson announced a series of farewell UK concerts in March. The guitarist and founding member of Dr. Feelgood has been diagnosed with terminal cancer and he has chosen not to undergo chemotherapy. But before these final live appearances and before going into the studio to complete a new album, he came to the BBC Maida Vale studios to discuss the making of his very first one: Dr. Feelgood's debut album, "Down By The Jetty".Released in January 1975 and including 'Roxette', 'She Does It Right' and 'All Through the City', the album has been cited as a major influence by the likes of Paul Weller, the Clash, Blondie and the Ramones. The B-side of the programme, where it's the turn of the audience to ask the questions, can be heard tomorrow at 3.30pmOther programmes in the series include Mike Scott talking about the Waterboys' album "Fisherman's Blues" and Richard Thompson revisiting his best selling solo album, "Rumor & Sigh".Complete versions of the songs performed in the programme (and others) can be heard on the 'Mastertapes' pages on the Radio 4 website, where the programmes can also be downloaded and other musical goodies accessed.Producer: Paul Kobrak.
Wilko Johnson; William Scott; The Turn of the Screw
Front Row: Archive 2013
With John Wilson.Wilko Johnson, one of Britain's most charismatic guitarists, has terminal cancer, with doctors suggesting that he has less than a year to live. As he prepares for farewell UK concerts in March, he reflects on how his diagnosis has made him feel "vividly alive". And, guitar in hand, he demonstrates the distinctive terse sound which powered the band Dr Feelgood in the 1970s, when they became one of the UK's most influential live acts.To mark the centenary of the birth of painter William Scott, the Tate St Ives is celebrating his life and art with an exhibition of his most important work. John talks to William Scott's son about his father's life and legacy, and how he influenced Rothko's decision to bequeath his paintings to the Tate.Henry James' classic horror story The Turn Of The Screw has been adapted by Benjamin Britten into an opera, produced as a ballet by William Tuckett, turned into a film starring Deborah Kerr and become several TV dramas. Now playwright Rebecca Lenkiewicz has created a stage version, co-produced by Hammer Theatre Of Horror - the company's first venture into theatre. Author Kate Saunders joins John to assess just how chilling this new incarnation is.Producer: Olivia Skinner.
Wilko Johnson joins Mark Ellen, "Seventies" Mike Johnson and Fraser Lewry in the pod, with tales of the false economy of cheap suits, speed versus alcohol, going round to Strummer's house, seeing The MC5's Wayne Kramer sprayed gold, being left-handed before Hendrix, and the still painful story of his ejection from Dr Feelgood. Get bonus content on Patreon See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.