Johnny Marr

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About Johnny Marr

What hasn’t Johnny Marr achieved in his career? The Manchester, England, native first rose to prominence as the guitarist for ’80s mope-rock merchants The Smiths, for whom he provided crisp, jangly riffs. After leaving the band in 1987, he diversified, becoming an in-demand sideman—he played with Talking Heads, The The, and The Pretenders—and formed another band, the synth-heavy Electronic, with New Order’s Bernard Sumner. Marr’s good fortune continued in the following decades, as he later joined U.S. indie icons Modest Mouse for a few years, appearing on 2007’s We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank, and U.K. rock band The Cribs. For good measure, Marr then launched what would become a successful solo career—starting in 2013 with The Messenger—that emphasizes his long-held affinity for glam rock, folk, punk, and the poetic bent of Patti Smith. However, as further proof of his unwillingness to be pigeonholed, he contributed guitar to Billie Eilish’s award-winning 2020 James Bond theme “No Time To Die.”

Manchester, England
October 31, 1963
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