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Mojo DECEMBER 2009 - by Kris Needs
JAH WOBBLE: MEMOIRS OF A GEEZER
Music, Mayhem, Life: riveting account of East End bassist's life.
Fifty-one-year-old John Wardle from Stepney taught himself to play bass while hanging out with school friend Sid Vicious (who drunkenly slurred his name into jah Wobble) and John Lydon, who asked him to join his new band Public Image. Despite the mayhem raging around him, often at his own instigation, Wobble forged a unique style that helped shape the sound of PiL's post-punk, then the Invaders Of The Heart's pioneering world music and now his own wonderful 30 Hertz label.
Wobble's autobiography is extraordinary: brutally honest, often hilarious, resolutely adhering to his down-to-earth geezer principles but soul-searching and spiritual, with his beloved-but-embattled East End the recurring backdrop. While wit or received wisdom drip from every anecdote, he pulls no punches, lambasting anyone from Lydon and Eno to unfortunate comedian Sean Hughes. Lucid, gripping and incredibly direct, Wobble has produced nothing less than a Cockney Chronicles.