It was sometimes in the late 80s/early 90s when I realized that, holy mackerel, I liked every project that John McGeoch had played guitar on and, more to the point, I had all of them in my Record Cell! With that came the realization that he was definitely a Post-Punk MVP; possibly my first realization of those in that august role. When I started blogging a dozen years ago, I wasted no time in noting that in one of my first posts. Almost a month ago, I received an email from Wire-Sound, the Magazine webstore, alerting me to the imminent publication of “The Light Pour Out Of Me,” the authorised biography of John McGeoch by Rory Sullivan-Burke.
While I have limited space for books in my Record Cell, I’ll gladly make space for this one! Rory-Sullivan Burke is a first-time author who entered into the challenge of writing this tome upon wanting to read a McGeoch biography and realizing that he had to write it himself. We’ve probably all felt like that at one time or another. I make the CDs I can’t buy, but kudos to Mr. Burke for acting on that impulse and researching and writing this volume. Therefore, we can all benefit.
Mr. Burke has interviewed all of Magazine, Siouxsie Sioux and Steve Severin, Richard Jobson, and most of Pil for this book, so the mainstays of that amazing career are taken care of. But of course, there’s no shortage of McGeoch’s admirers aplenty to add their two cents to the endeavor. Steve Jones, Billy Idol, Johnny Marr, and John Frusciante are but a few of the A-listers outside of McGeoch’s immediate orbit to also weigh in on his talent.
The book was also available in a signed, numbered, slipcase hardcover edition of 500 which included signings by the author, Johnny Marr, Paul Morley, daughter Emily McGeoch, Dave Formula, and Malcolm Garrett. It also came with the following perks:
- a PS sleeve 7″ with a previously unreleased live recording of “The Light Pours Out Of Me” by Magazine @ Manchester/The Factory 1980, b/w “The Anti-Hero” from Dave Formula’s solo album featuring John’s voice and guitar playing.
- 1/500 copies will have a “golden ticket” for a John McGeoch signature SG1000 guitar valued at over n over £800, courtesy of Eastwood Guitars. I’m almost shocked that it didn’t come with a flange pedal!
But careful eyes saw the word “was” in the paragraph above. The 500 copies are all sold out from the Omnibus Press website, with the the £45 edition long gone even weeks prior to publication. Fortunately, the rest of us can still get the normal, hardcover edition for our £20.00 [$30 American] with the book issued on April 28, 2022. If this is a book you also need to own, hit those buttons.
UK | Omnibus Press
USA | Barnes + Nobel