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Punk Rock Stories and Tabloid Tales Paperback – 19 Jan 2016
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About the Author
GARRY JOHNSON is one of Punk Rock`s most enduring and colorful characters. He first appeared as a Poet in the 1980s and has since been a singer, a Rock & Roll Manager, a showbiz tabloid journalist and a professional scammer. More recently he has found a new level of fame and admiration as songwriter for Swedish rocker Soren Sulo Karlsson and for surviving 5 heart attacks and life-saving Triple heart bypass operation. His has been a life lived on the edge. A real-life x-rated soap opera lived in the glare of publicity. Punk Rock Stories And Tabloid Tales traces his JOURNEY from the BACK STREETS OF East London to West End night clubs and The Houses Of Parliament. This is the fascinating and true story of a genuine Cockney Rebel who infiltrated Fleet Street and the world of Showbiz. A man described by music writer Dominic Warwick as "Charles Dickens for the Punk Generation". Gal`s words painted vivid pictures of rebel youth growing up in a world portrayed by low-life politicians. His poems and song lyrics were a window to a teenage underworld of unemployment, violence and fast drugs. But he balanced that nihilism with a passion for life and a raging social conscience. Garry hated bigotry as much as he despised what passed for authority. He was the real voice of the street and his book of poems `Boys Of The Empire` is considered a classic piece of writing.
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He has also been a singer, tabloid journalist, professional scammer and even found time to write and direct porn movies like "Saturday Night Specials" and "Essex Escort".
More recently he`s been a songwriter for Swedish rocker Soren Sulo Karlsson. Oh and he`s also `cheated death` and made it back from the other side, surviving no less then five heart attacks and a life-saving triple heart bypass operation.
Still going strong and with a passion for life, "Punk Rock Stories And Tabloid Tales" tells Johnson`s incredible life story, from the streets of East London to West End nightclubs and the Houses of Parliament.
The Cockney charmer who discovered The Stone Roses, adult actress Julie Johnson also wrote "Serial Killer" which is a strong contender for crime novel of the decade.
A hard-hitting and revealing read, that is the true story of an irrepressible and outspoken punk, back from the brink.
Punk Rock and Tabloid Tales is without doubt the autobiography of the decade!
It would make a great movie and I can easily image either Ray Winstone or Danny Dyer playing the Cockney Rebel on the big screen.
Garry Johnson is a great raconteur and I enjoyed reading every page of his story.
Best wishes, Barry Moran