Dr - Wilko Johnson: 'Cancer Diagnosis Sparked Songwriting Spree'

Former Dr. Feelgood star Wilko Johnson has turned into a prolific songwriter since he was diagnosed with terminal cancer last year (12).

The 65-year-old rocker opted out of undergoing gruelling chemotherapy treatment after learning he has inoperable pancreatic cancer, choosing instead to live out his final months touring and recording.

And Johnson admits the grim diagnosis actually served as an unexpected stroke of inspiration.

He tells Britain's The Big Issue, "After getting this diagnosis, I immediately started writing songs. Trust me to leave it to the last f**king minute!

"Everybody thinks, 'What would I feel like if I got told that? But, with me, it's nothing like I'd have imagined. Suddenly, all the stupid things that hang you up normally don't matter. There's nothing to worry about. Suddenly you just exist, and everything is very, very vivid. It's a buoyant feeling."


Contactmusic

Tags: DR - Wilko Johnson


Editors Recommendations

Is The Cannes Palme d'Or Heading David Cronenberg’s Way for 'Map to the Stars'?

The Cannes Film festival is sneaking up fast. The Oscars felt like they were 8 minutes ago...

Is The Cannes Palme d'Or Heading David Cronenberg’s Way for 'Map to the Stars'?

CounterPoint Festival 2014 To Feature Hometown Return of Outkast

Next weekend's CounterPoint Festival will be the event's first year at a new 5000-acre site, featuring...

CounterPoint Festival 2014 To Feature Hometown Return of Outkast

'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' - Not Perfect, But Really, Really Fun

Superhero movies have been striving towards the almost unobtainable goal set...

'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' - Not Perfect, But Really, Really Fun

Ricky Gervais is "Hooked" on David Brent Again - Former Paper Merchant To Return

A return for David Brent has been mooted ever since the character was wheeled...

Ricky Gervais is

This Labor Day, Jay Z Is Bringing "Made In America" To Downtown Los Angeles

Jay Z and the Mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti have announced that the rapper’s...

This Labor Day, Jay Z Is Bringing

Anna Wintour wants 'more exclusive' Met Ball 2014

The editor-in-chief of US VOGUE magazine is reportedly determined for the annual...

Anna Wintour - Anna Wintour wants 'more exclusive' Met Ball 2014

'Mrs Doubtfire' Sequel Will Be Made 21 Years After The Original

The comedy classic 'Mrs. Doubtfire' is reportedly set to return to the big-screen...

'Mrs Doubtfire' Sequel Will Be Made 21 Years After The Original

'Of Mice And Men' Brings Out Broadway Talents Of James Franco, Chris O'Dowd

Of Mice And Men premiered on Broadway last night, giving critics a chance to cast...

'Of Mice And Men' Brings Out Broadway Talents Of James Franco, Chris O'Dowd

Sofia Vergara On Her Menage a Trois in Woody Allen's 'Fading Gigolo'

Sofia Vergara has been speaking about her nerves at shooting a ménage a trois with...

Sofia Vergara On Her Menage a Trois in Woody Allen's 'Fading Gigolo'


More recommendations

Comments

DR Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on DR

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All