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Johnny Marr’s 10 Best Post-Smiths Songs

Few musicians have had as much influence on what we now call "alternative rock" as Johnny Marr. First as Morrissey's songwriting partner in the Smiths and subsequently as one of music's greatest collaborators, the Mancunian guitarist has forged a 30-plus year career f

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Johnny Marr Plays the Smiths’ ‘How Soon Is Now?’ on ‘Fallon’

Former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr hit the stage of ‘Late Night With Jimmy Fallon’ last night (May 1), where he played the title track from his debut solo LP, ‘The Messenger’ (above). But that's not all: Marr also shot a web-exclusive performance of the beloved Smiths tune ‘How Soon Is Now?’ (below).

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Johnny Marr Performs ‘How Soon Is Now?’ With Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood [Watch]

Johnny Marr was joined onstage by Rolling Stones legend Ronnie Wood at last night's (Feb. 27) NME Awards, where the two teamed up for a performance of the Smiths classic 'How Soon Is Now?' Check it out above.

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Johnny Marr, ‘The Messenger’ – Album Review

It’s no surprise that the first solo album by Johnny Marr sounds like the past quarter century of indie rock boiled down to a dozen tightly structured songs. In addition to his role as guitarist and co-songwriter for the Smiths, Marr has played with everyone from the Pretenders and Talking Heads to Pearl Jam and Modest Mouse since the Smiths disbanded in 1987. ‘The Messenger’ is both summation and validation of his lasting influence.

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News Bits: Johnny Marr Revisits a Smiths Classic, the xx cover Beyonce + More

Heaven knows Johnny Marr is miserable now.

Is the xx's cover of Beyonce's 'I Miss You' better than the original?

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Johnny Marr, Paul McCartney Jammed After Smiths Breakup

Johnny Marr is a bona fide indie rock star, thanks in no small part to his time with the Smiths. But did you know he once hooked up with a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame legend? Marr tells The Autojubilator that he hit a rehearsal studio with Paul McCartney for a jam session just after the Smiths split in 1987. And while nothing came of it in terms of recorded music or a spot in the ex-Beatles singer's solo backing band -- a possibility at the time, the way Marr tells it -- it's one of those if-only-we-could've-been-a-fly-on-the-wall situations.

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News Bits: Johnny Marr Gets Big NME Honor, Grammy Ratings Strong + More

We've always thought Johnny Marr is a godlike genius, but now it's official.

Without an Adele blitzkrieg and Whitney Houston sad parade, the 2013 Grammys ratings took a dive -- but they still were strong.

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Johnny Marr, ‘Upstarts’ – New Video

"The underground is overground," Johnny Marr sings in 'Upstarts,' the latest single to drop from his forthcoming 'The Messenger' album, which is being billed as his first solo disc. Marr told Stereogum that the song has political overtones, but he cold easily be singing about the rise of indie music, which has grown in prominence substantially over the last decade.

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Johnny Marr Unveils New Song, ‘The Right Thing Right’

Last month Johnny Marr unveiled the video for the title track from his forthcoming debut solo album, 'The Messenger,' and now he's issued the audio from another tune, 'The Right Thing Right.' (Listen by clicking the orange button below.) The former Smiths guitarist previously announced a Feb. 26 release date for the disc, which he recorded in Berlin and his hometown of Manchester, England.

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Johnny Marr, ‘The Messenger’ – New Video

Former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr has gone solo and unveiled a brand-new video for ‘The Messenger.’ The black-and-white clip depicts the British musician making his way from the forest to the sea, accompanied by his shadow.

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