So much has been written about the rise, near death and resurrection of Wilko Johnson that his old Dr Feelgood bandmate Lee Brilleaux has been left in the shade a bit.
Johnson biographer Zoë Howe redresses the balance with this beautifully executed tribute to the harp blasting, Howlin’ Wolf-throated leader of the greatest British R&B band. Friends, family and acquaintances give us a glimpse of the funny, complex and driven man behind the legend and you come away wishing you’d had the chance to buy him a pint.
Sadly, both Johnson and Brilleaux were brought to their knees by cancer. While Johnson pulled off a miracle of biblical proportions and beat the odds at the Big Casino, his old sparring partner passed away in 1994. They never reconciled but as this remarkable book proves, the two men always had one thing in common: they never stopped believing in the power of the blues.