Pictorial Review: Johnny $#*&!@’ Marr

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If one polled The Editors (and for that matter, the contributors) of Weeping Elvis, it seems a safe bet that The Smiths would rise far above most bands in our collective consciousness. That has continued unabated as the band’s members have long since moved on to other musical pursuits, including Johnny Marr‘s long-awaited “solo-debut,” now, all these years later. In the interim, other generations have discovered their legendary sound — particularly that of Marr’s unmistakable Fender Jaguar — whether through recordings of the band itself or those of the legion of bands bearing their indelible imprint.

Recently, before a family issue prevented the completion of his tour, Marr stepped out front at Washington, D.C.’s 9:30 Club and gave a wide-ranging audience a taste of what all that buzz has been about over the past, oh, thirty or so years.


All Photos | Katherine Gaines
9:30 Club, November 9, 2014, Washington, DC

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Behrnsie has a love for music that dare not speak its name. He attends many shows and can often be found counting out the beats for no discernible reason. He played alto saxophone in his middle school jazz band, where he was best known for infuriating his instructor when it was revealed that he played everything by ear, and could not in fact read music. He takes great pride that this is the same talent/affliction that got Tori Amos kicked out of the Peabody Academy. He does not live in his parents’ basement….except during the holidays.