Film Screening: Looking for Johnny
Showing as part of our series of events celebrating 40 years of Punk.
Admission: £6 on the door or £5 in advance from the Beecroft Art Gallery or Slick 50 Barbers, 113 Park Street, Southend-on-Sea, Essex SS0 7PD
Featuring a live performance by Steve Hooker Stripped Down Stompin’ Band at the film’s conclusion.
Doors 2.30pm – Film starts at 3pm
Johnny Thunders was the legendary hard-living rock’n’roll guitarist who inspired glam-metal, punk and the music scene in general. ‘Looking For Johnny’ is a 90-minute film that documents Thunders’ career from his beginnings to his tragic death in 1991. When Johnny Thunders died in New Orleans on April 23rd 1991, he left behind a mystery. Though MTV and international broadsheets reported the guitarist’s demise, for many in the mainstream, Thunders was perceived as an enigmatic outlaw. He was adored by a legion of devotees and cited as an influence by at least three successive generations of musicians. Thunders refused to play the corporate game and was both elevated and damned for it. ‘Looking for Johnny’ is the creation of Danny Garcia (‘The Rise & Fall of The Clash’).