Johnny Marr’s first musical memory is of his mum and aunt playing and dancing to ‘Walk Right Back’ by The Everly Brothers. His first music purchase was ‘Jeepster’ by T.Rex and his first concert was Slaughter & the Dogs at the Manchester Forum in 1976


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Musician, songwriter, and singer Johnny Marr was the guitarist and co-songwriter of The Smiths (from 1982 thru 1987). He has at one time or another been a member of The Pretenders, The The, Electronic, Modest Mouse, The Cribs; as well as becoming a prolific session musician. In the last decade he has worked in film, collaborating with Hans Zimmer on scores for movies such as ‘Inception’, ‘The Amazing Spiderman 2’ and ‘No Time to Die’, whilst carving out a successful solo career with a series of critically acclaimed albums. He is also a published author, his autobiography ‘Set the Boy Free’, was published in 2016; and his new coffee table book ‘Marr’s Guitars’ was released in October of 2023, when this episode was recorded.