Author(s): Jah Wobble
Mercury-shortlisted musician, punk rebel and genuine geezer, Wobble spills all in his autobiography. Written in his own unmistakable voice, this is a frank and fascinating account of a geezer's life in the music business. Jah Wobble begins by offering the most authentic insider's account of the beginning of punk rock yet written, but there's much more to him than that. His is an eventful life, as the celebrated ups - PiL's The Metal Box, 90s hit "Visions Of You" with Sinead O'Connor - are balanced by major downs - chronic alcoholism and marital breakdown. It begins with an East End childhood in a London barely recovered from the War and ends with Wobble finally turning his back on London. Through the book Wobble tell it like he sees it: his opinions of the great and good from Malcolm Mcclaren to Peter Gabriel to Brian Eno to Iain Sinclair are refreshingly disrespectful. Oh and if you ever wondered how got his name, the answer is here: his teenage pal Sid Vicious gave it to him when he drunkenly slurred Wobble's real name, John Wardle.
Jah Wobble was born in east London in 1958. He was one of the founder members of Public Image Limited, along with John Lydon, formerly of the Sex Pistols, whom Wobble met, along with Sid Vicious at sixth form college. After the band split, Wobble embarked on a number of solo projects and collaborations, including The Invaders of the Heart and The Human Condition. His album Rising Above Bedlam was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize (1992). His latest project, Chinese Dub, is one of the great world music hits of recent years. He is a poet, bass guitarist, singer, composer, sometimes music journalist and runs his own record company, 30 Hertz Records.