The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson

I’ve just seen ‘The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson’ directed by Julian Temple. The Dr Feelgood guitarist is filmed during a revelatory last year of life as he is given ten months to live from pancreatic cancer; a William Blake ecstasy as all material things come into transcendent existence, from scenes round Canvey Island to monasteries in Japan, from shimmering pavements to majestic trees against the sky. He is an atheist who fears no death. Rock and roll is for many theultimate zen of living-in-the-moment and he discovers and describes what that truly means. Try to see it. You’ll cry but be uplifted. Even changed.


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