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…obvious to anyone arriving at johnnysharp.net, my name is Johnny Sharp. I’m a freelance writer, editor, copywriter and author, specialising in music, sport, crime, entertainment and lifestyle, in print, online and tablet formats. I used to be called Johnny
Cigarettes, for reasons which I will explain on the ‘About Me’ part of this website.

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Musings

  • The most important record I could play to my child (ageofdad.com, 2017)

      This post formed part of a longer piece about what records fathers would try to indoctrinate their children with. Naturally, I hedged my bets… My fragile eggshell childmind was first cracked open by pop music – or rather the maelstrom of madness surrounding it – by the keyboard player from glam-rock stompers Mud eating flowers from ...

  • The science of earworms (Bloc magazine, 2015)

    “I just met you… this is crazy… here’s my number… call me maybe?” These words have been repeating in my head for several hours now. They say nothing to me about my life (I haven’t just met anyone, and the last time I gave someone my number I was bombarded with calls suggesting, rather ominously, that ...

  • BB King and the feuding family he left behind (Classic Rock magazine feature, December 2015)

      In the hours before the late Riley ‘B.B’ King was finally laid to rest, there were rumblings of discontent from on high. Steady rain fell outside, and the original plan for a pair of white horses to accompany the casket on its two-mile journey to its final resting place had to be abandoned as the ...

  • In defence of diving (FourFourTwo magazine opinion piece, May 2017)

      Lovers of the beautiful game rejoice! Finally the authorities have seen sense! Justice for all decent, honest, upstanding, honest, decent, decent, honest, upstanding football fans! And players! And managers! I refer, of course, to the FA’s announcement that from next season, diving offences will be punished with a retrospective two-game ban. “The best thing to happen in ...

  • Dolly Parton – rise of a country icon, 1946-1969 (Country Music magazine special edition, 2017)

    How a dirt-poor sharecropper’s daughter survived poverty, injury, bullying and bedwetting siblings to redefine the term ‘Dumb Blonde’ for a new generation of country fans Once upon a time, in the very same proud southern states where one day Obamacare would later be decried as a form of communism, another future American icon had her own ...