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Looking Back At Me [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

Wilko Johnson , Zoe Street Howe
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Book Description

4 Jun 2012
Looking Back At Me is the autobiography of the guitarist Wilko Johnson, written and collated with acclaimed rock writer Zoë Howe. Within the pages of this vibrant rock 'n' roll scrapbook, the former Dr Feelgood guitarist and beloved British R&B legend tells his story in his own words for the first time, giving his unique perspective on everything from his Essex childhood and his Indian odyssey as a young hippy to the wild days of Dr Feelgood and Ian Dury and The Blockheads to his current band. Johnson also expands on his love of astronomy, art, literature, clouds, poetry, science fiction, Shakespeare... he's the Renaissance man of rock. Amid the twists, turns and tangents, Looking Back At Me features many previously unseen images of Wilko from throughout his life, as well as an array of Wilko ephemera and anecdotes from notable Wilko fans, including Robert Plant, Mick Farren, JJ Burnel, Keith Levene, Alison Moyet, Gavin Martin and Whispering Bob Harris.

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Cadiz Music Ltd; 1st edition (4 Jun 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0957171706
  • ISBN-13: 978-0957171701
  • Product Dimensions: 25.2 x 19.8 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,621 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Zoë Howe is a music writer based in Leigh On Sea. Her books include the acclaimed biography 'Typical Girls? The Story Of The Slits' and 'How's Your Dad? Living In The Shadow of a Rock Star Parent', both published by Omnibus. In addition to writing she has made music radio series for Resonance FM and RTI, and has appeared as a talking head on Absolute Radio, BBC 6 Music, E4 and Planet Rock. Zoë is also a drummer and has worked with Viv Albertine (The Slits), Anne Pigalle, Mick Jones, Southend band The Voronas and Steve Beresford.

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Wilko 10 Jun 2012
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There have been plenty of rock 'n' roll autobiographies, probably too many if truth be told. Like me you've probably read more than your fair share of them. Too many times I've finished a lengthy tome only to think 'well that was all very interesting, but it didn't actually tell me what they were really like'. However, Wilko Johnson's new autobiography, written with help from Zoe Howe, positively reeks of the man behind the black and red Telecaster. As soon as you open this book you are drawn into Wilko's world.

And what a world it is. Howe has done a superb job editing Wilko's scattergun verbiage to tell his story. The first thing that strikes you is his voice, both his voice as storyteller and his unique, twisted, amphetamine driven take on estuary English. It's a powerful voice that has been on an extraordinary journey, both physically and intellectually, and it really comes to life on the pages of this book. As Howe says in her introduction, 'this is your portal to Planet Wilko'.

Planet Wilko is a fascinating place that's made all the more interesting by the amount of photos and memorabilia taken from Wilko's personal archive. It ranges from photos taken by the hippie Wilko on his trip to Afghanistan, paintings, press cuttings and photos of the man in black at the height of his powers with The Feelgoods and as a solo performer.

This is the book that fans of Dr Feelgood and Wilko Johnson have been waiting for. A rare example of autobiography it is as interesting and quirky as its author, quite simply it is essential.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Surprising adventures of a polymath 20 Jan 2013
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More of a coffee table book with long anecdotes. I saw Dr Feelgood back in the late 70s (after Wilko had left) and I'd half followed his career. I was sad to hear the other day that he's been diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer. I would like to get tickets for his farewell tour. He's clearly something of a polymath and I enjoyed the tales of his travels in India. He was obviously a talented artist and the later sections about his interest in astronomy were also good.

What was never really discussed and what would have been very interesting was his marriage. He says he was devoted to his wife, Irene, and they were together for 40 years until she died. But his girlfriends were mentioned a lot throughout the book. There was one mention of the band not approving of his "lifestyle" but further detail here would have been interesting, and not in the prurient sense.

Very enjoyable.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding book 22 Jun 2013
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Top class story really well told. Thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's tinged with sadness due to his terminal illness. Such a shame.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wilko lookin back 29 Aug 2013
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this tome is a real addition to any Wilko fans collection , gives his insight not only into his music but his life and interests, great photos and wonderful text
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5.0 out of 5 stars Looking Back at Me 20 Jun 2013
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Incredible book by a much loved legend. following his announcement that he has terminal cancer, it makes this brilliant book all the more poignant and treasured
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5.0 out of 5 stars lovely genuine book 2 April 2013
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surprised by how good this book was. excellent stories and well laid out in chronology. fabulous photos.arrived in superb condition
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Pretty much told me everything about Wilko I'd like to ask him if I ever had the chance to meet this iconic R&B rock guitarist .

Lots of personal pics in the book so it's a a complete scrap book of this intellectual working class guitar god.
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5.0 out of 5 stars He does it right! 26 April 2014
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A slightly idiosyncratic but highly readable memoir. Insightful,interesting,informative and uplifting. Sad to read that Wilko and Lee B were not to reconciled before Lee's premature passing.Highly recommended!!!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Really, it does need editing
The visual elements of this are good, particularly Wilko's caricatures and paintings. The words are just direct transcripts of dialogue with no concessions whatsoever to how they... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Victoria
5.0 out of 5 stars A present
I purchased this as a present for a member of the family and the seem to have have enjoyed reading it. Other than this I don't have anything more to say
Published 4 months ago by Denis Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars A gift
A family member requested this for Christmas because of his musical interest so there is little more I can say
Published 5 months ago by wend
5.0 out of 5 stars looking forward to it
A few of us went up to Kendal in 2005 for the 'Mad, Bad & Dangerous' tour. Decided to pick tickets up early and bumped into Norman Watt-Roy. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Huwie4786
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
This book is awesome, this man is awesome, He has been a hero of mine since the seventies and his book underlines it - just like his playing it looks simple but is actually... Read more
Published 17 months ago by James Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Brilliant!
Loved it! Great pictures, and even better words from a much loved musical talent and all round fabulous character. He is a genius!
Published 17 months ago by Sonya Cisco
2.0 out of 5 stars That's not alright...
I've been a Wilko fan for more than 30 years - for me he's the best guitarist to have ever coaxed a chord from a Telecaster. So I was therefore really looking forward to this book. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Anthony Clark
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