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Life Lessons from Wilko Johnson

Dr Feelgood guitarist Wilko Johnson, who was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2013 but survived following treatment, gives Mary Anne Hobbs his tips for leading a fulfilled life.

Dr. Feelgood guitarist Wilko Johnson gives Mary Anne Hobbs his top tips for leading a fulfilled life...

In his 68 years, Wilko has played in four bands (Dr. Feelgood, The Blockheads, The Wilko Johnson Band, Solid Senders), he has starred in films (The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson, Game of Thrones) and he has published an autobiography (Looking Back at Me).

Most amazingly of all though, Wilko Johnson was "cured" of the terminal pancreatic cancer with which he was diagnosed with in 2013 - an announcement he made at the Q Awards during his acceptance of the Icon Award in 2014.

Tune in this morning as he gives Mary Anne his top tips on how to make the most of every day, and to hear music from some of the bands that have inspired him on his journey...

Wilko Johnson's memoir 'Don't You Leave Me Here' and a compilation of Wilko's favourite recordings on the legendary Chess label will be released in May.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Sam Cooke

    A Change Is Gonna Come

    • Sam Cooke - The Man & His Music.
    • RCA.
  • DJ Shadow & Run The Jewels

    Nobody Speak

    • Mass Appeal Records.
  • SOAK

    B A Nobody

    • Rough Trade.
  • Everything but the Girl

    Each And Every One

    • Blanco Y Negro.
  • James

    Girl At The End Of The World

    • BMG Recordings.
  • Marvin Gaye

    Mercy Mercy Me

    • Motown.
  • DM Stith

    Nah Not Never

  • Blur

    The Universal

    • FOOD.
  • Junior Murvin

    Police And Thieves

    • Mango.
  • The Kills

    Heart Of A Dog

    • Domino.
  • Neil Young

    Heart Of Gold

    • Harvest.
    • Reprise.
    • 4.
  • case/lang/veirs

    Best Kept Secret

    • Anti-.
  • Lush

    500 (Shake Baby Shake)

  • Sunriser

    • Tom Adams

      Voyages By Starlight

      • Kowloon.
  • Arcade Fire


    • Mercury.
  • Black Machine

    How Gee

    • (CD Single).
    • London.
    • 3.
  • Beth Orton


    • Anti Records.
  • Bob Marley & The Wailers

    Waiting In Vain

    • Tuff Gong.
  • Feist


  • Catfish and the Bottlemen


    • Island Records.
  • DM Stith

    War Machine

  • Sex Pistols

    I'm Not Your Stepping Stone

    • Virgin.
  • The Rolling Stones

    Come On

    • London.
  • Holy F***

    Xed Eyes

    • Innovative Leisure Records.
  • Eddie Floyd

    Things Get Better

    • Rhino.
  • Car Seat Headrest

    Fill In The Blank

    • Matador Records.
  • Big Joe Krash

    Step Into a World (Rapture's Delight)

    • Jive.
  • Regina Spektor


    • CD SINGLE.
    • SIRE.
  • The Stranglers


    • LIBERTY.
  • Wild Beasts

    All The King's Men

    • CD SINGLE.
    • DOMINO.
    • 1.
  • The Stone Roses

    All For One

    • Virgin EMI.
  • Wilko Johnson: Life Lessons

    • Dr. Feelgood

      Tore Down

  • Wilko Johnson's Song Choice

    • Bob Dylan

      Mr Tambourine Man

      • The Best Of Bob Dylan.
      • Columbia.
  • Fat White Family

    Tinfoil Deathstar

    • Without Consent.
  • Wanda Jackson

    Let's Have A Party

    • Capitol.
  • Rufus & Chaka Khan

    Tell Me Something Good

    • MCA.
  • Saul Williams

    Think Like They Book Say

    • Fader Label/Caroline International.
  • The Wedding Present


    • RCA.
  • Band of Horses

    Casual Party

    • Interscope Records.
  • ├ôlafur Arnalds & Nils Frahm

    Love And Glory

  • David Bowie


    • EMI.