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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: 19.7 x 2.3 x 25 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 151,232 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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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Derek Longstaff on 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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Philtrum on 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.

9/10
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. J. M. Derrick on 27 Dec. 2014
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I loved this! After seeing Wilko supporting Status Quo in Wolverhampton in April 2014, I became a huge fan. He had so much energy, wildness and love for good old fashioned R&B. Awesome stage presence. Blew Quo out of the water. His band are terrific. Have always admired Norman Watt-Roy's phenomenal bass playing. Dylan Howe was amazing, too. Anyway, after that gig I wanted to find out more about Wilko and Dr Feelgood. I'd only ever seen clips of Roxette on BBC4 programmes. Reading Looking Back at Me I came to love Wilko's straightforward no-nonsense approach to music, life and the universe. Superb photos and his paintings! Wow! Such a talented man. A wonderful cartoonist, too. Apparently, he was also a great teacher. How I wish I could meet this man. Reading the book was the next best thing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gretnagreen on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Victoria on 6 April 2014
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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 might be better presented in the written form. I couldn't even agree this is a sad product of the texting generation. It's just lazy. You can get away with this in a filmed documentary. You can't on the page.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By david f farren on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sally jenkins on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By anita bloor on 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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