WILKO JOHNSON IN CONVERSATION With Zoë Howe
Start Date: 14 April 2018
End Date: 14 April 2018
Venue: Seamus Heaney HomePlace
Telephone: 028 7938 7444
Like Seamus Heaney, Wilko Johnson studied English Literature and planned to become a teacher. While Heaney became a poet, Johnson was lured into a life of into a life of rock and roll as the strutting, grimacing, six-string rhythmic powerhouse behind Lee Brilleaux in seminal 1970s band Dr Feelgood. All through the 1980s, 1990s and into the new millennium he continued to gig in the UK, Europe and Japan. But it was when Julien Temple’s award-winning Oil City Confidential came out in 2009, with Wilko emerging as the film’s star, that the world once again sat up and paid attention to his extraordinary talent. Since then, he has appeared in Game of Thrones, recorded with Roger Daltry, written his autobiography, beaten his 2012 diagnosis of terminal cancer and never stopped performing.
Wilko will be in conversation with Zoë Howe, a musician, artist and author who has written books on Lee Brilleaux, The Jesus and Mary Chain and Stevie Nicks. Zoë co-authored Wilko’s autobiography, Looking Back at Me.