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Celebrating the Life and Music of John McGeoch

Tuesday 3 May,  7.30pm

Join us for a very special night celebrating the life and music of John McGeoch.

The BME is delighted to welcome author Rory Sullivan-Burke on the publication of 'The Light Pours Out Of Me - the authorised biography of John McGeoch'.

McGeoch was the guitarist of the post-punk era. Blazing a trail with some of Britain’s biggest bands and most revered artists – Magazine, Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Armoury Show and Public Image Ltd. – John refined playing the electric guitar and left an undeniable and indelible mark on music.

“John played everything in the service of the song. His feel, and the sound of his guitar, is just so fluid and musical” –  Jonny Greenwood / Radiohead 

'The Light Pours Out of Me' examines John’s life and legacy, drawing on original interviews with the likes of Siouxsie Sioux, Howard Devoto, Johnny Marr, Billy Idol, John Frusciante, Keith Levene, Jonny Greenwood, Nick Launay, Ed O’Brien, Peter Hook and many others.


"The work that we made together was stunning. Just stunning” – Siouxsie Sioux / Siouxsie & The Banshees

Illustrated with unseen photographs, this moving biography – authorised by the family – celebrates the remarkable guitarist who helped provide the soundtrack to a generation.

John's guitar lines have had a deeply profound impact on many of us and the British Music Experience is honoured to be able to help bring this story into the world. 


“An absorbing account of the late post-punk guitarist. This is a labour of love, befitting a much-loved man” – Classic Rock

RORY SULLIVAN-BURKE will be joined by MALCOLM GARRETT (designer of Magazine record sleeves and ex-flatmate, who introduced John to Howard Devoto in 1977) and DAVE FORMULA (John's ex-bandmate in both Magazine & Visage) for a very special onstage discussion chaired by RONNIE GURR.


‘The Light Pours Out Of Me’ is published by Omnibus Press on 28 April. Copies will be available on the night for signing.


All tickets are £10 and can be purchased from:


Please note, our museum galleries are closed during events.    

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