Legendary bass guitarist, singer, songwriter and poet Jah Wobble will be making an appearance at the Huddersfield Literature Festival this week.
The Stockport-based musician – whose current band members mostly hail from Huddersfield – will be lifting the lid on his life in the music industry and reading from his poetry at the festival launch, to be held at Huddersfield’s Rock Cafe on Thursday, March 6. After his chat with music journalist Dave Simpson, there will be live music from 80s covers band Rubix Cube.
Jah Wobble replaces music manager Jazz Summers who had to pull out from the festival last week for health reasons.
John Wardle, who became known as Jah Wobble after Sid Vicious mumbled his name, was the original bass player with Public Image Ltd. Formed in 1978, PiL had hits with Public Image, Death Disco and Memories. Jah Wobble co-wrote and played on the seminal Metal Box album. The band was fronted by former Sex Pistol John Lydon with Lydon, Wardle and Sid Vicious all having been friends from sixth form college days.
After leaving PiL in 1980 he formed the band The Human Condition and then The Invaders of the Heart and collaborated with a number of other musicians.
Today he runs his own label, 30 Hertz Records, and regularly tours as ‘Jah Wobble in Dub’.
In 2009 he released his autobiography: Memoirs of a Geezer: Music, Life, Mayhem, described by The Guardian as: “Articulate, funny and sharply intelligent.” Last year he released Odds & Sods & Epilogues, an illustrated book and CD of his poems.
Festival director Michelle Hodgson said: “Anyone who was around in the late 70s and early 80s will remember the impact of bands such as Public Image Ltd.
“Through his own releases and his record label, Jah Wobble continues to create words and music that resonate today – this should be a fascinating event.”
Tickets are £5 but students can gain free entry between 6.30pm and 7.30pm and benefit from discounted drinks.
Festival events run from March 6-16 with the theme of ‘Remembrance’.
Major names include Kate Adie, Jim Crace, Joanne Harris and Festival Patron Lemn Sissay; along with storytelling and dance with Annapurna Indian Dance and Darwin and the Voyage of HMS Beagle, plus workshops, open mic, Huddersfield Manga Con, A Celebration of the Life and Works of Iain (M) Banks and the first ever Polari Up North, an award-winning LGBT literary salon.
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