Johnny Marr

Born 31 October 1963.

UK guitarist, The Smiths

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Johnny Marr - Reading Festival highlights

Highlights of Johnny Marr's set on the Radio 1/NME stage at Reading Festival 2013.

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Biography

Johnny Marr (born John Martin Maher; 31 October 1963) is an English musician, singer, and songwriter. He was co-songwriter – with Morrissey – and guitarist of The Smiths between 1982–87. Marr has also been a member of Electronic, The The, Modest Mouse and The Cribs, as well as a prolific session musician. In 2013, he released a solo album titled The Messenger (2013).

In 2013, the NME honoured Marr with its Godlike Genius award, hailing Marr as "not content with rewriting the history of music with one of the world's greatest ever bands, The Smiths, he's continued to push boundaries and evolve throughout his career, working with some of the best and most exciting artists on the planet." He was voted the fourth best guitarist of the last 30 years in a poll conducted by the BBC in 2010. Phil Alexander, Editor-in-Chief of Mojo, has described Marr as "arguably Britain's last great guitar stylist".

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  1. Review of The Messenger

    The Messenger 2013

    Reviewed by Tom Hocknell
    Marr’s solo debut proper lacks the shine he’s brought to other bands’ records.