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The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson. London Film Premiere.

The last three years of Dr Feelgood guitarist Wilko Johnson’s life have been well documented: Terminal cancer diagnosis, farewell tour, rapidly recorded Gold selling album Going Back Home with Roger Daltrey, intervention from cancer specialist and music photographer Charlie Chan, radical surgery at Addenbrooke’s Hospital and ultimately, survival. In 2009, award-winning documentary film maker Julien Temple made his critically acclaimed Oil City Confidential, recalling the rise of Dr Feelgood through the pre-punk era of the early 1970s. Johnson’s quirky character shone in Oil City and it established a rapport between the two men. When Johnson and Daltrey needed a...

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Photography: Wilko Johnson @ Koko, London

Where do you start with a story like Wilko Johnson’s? On his farewell tour, not because of retirement but because he is going to die from inoperable pancreatic cancer, he gave his all over two hours of blistering guitar. There was no set list just a journey through his life from Dr Feelgood, Blockheads, Solid Senders to the trio he has with Norman Watt-Roy and Dylan Howe where a nod of the head or the start of a duck walk would denote the song. I hope the photos do the talking as well as the music. Here is the...

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