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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
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Musings

  • Why Does The January Detox Make Me Feel So Bad? (Telegraph, January 2015)

    If I were a musician, I might call it the detox blues. I woke up this morning with a gnawing pain behind the eyes. Just as I did yesterday. And the day before. Hangover? No, I have been booze-free for over a week. Not a drop of alcohol has passed my lips for eight days. Aren’t I supposed ...

  • HIT OR MYTH? Pop has got 60 times more posh since 1990

    HIT OR MYTH? 60% of chart acts in 2010 attended public school, compared to 1% in 1990. Over the last couple of years, you may have heard this ‘fact’ mentioned. It is still regularly repeated every time anyone wishes to make a point about a supposed shift in social background of our pop stars. Jarvis Cocker typified ...

  • TO HULL AND BACK – the fall and rise of Hull, the UK’s new City of Culture (Mirror, Nov 2013)

      Hull. Rhymes with dull. One vowel away from hell. These unfortunate linguistic properties have made this sizeable city in the North (turn right near the top of the M1 before L**ds, and keep going) the butt of media jokes since before newsprint was invented. In fact, they’ll probably title this piece ‘To Hull and Back’, ...

  • THE FIRST FEMALE WORLD CRAZY GOLF CHAMPION (Guardian, Oct 2013)

    The rest of the field were, almost literally, blown away. On Sunday afternoon, 18-year-old schoolgirl Olivia Prokopova won the World Crazy Golf Championships on a windswept Hastings seafront by the incredible margin of 21 shots. In doing so, she became the first female winner of this most prestigious of the UK’s miniature golf tournaments. And ...

  • POLICA (Mojo feature, Jan 2014)

        After a long, squinting look in the shop mirror, Channy Leaneagh decides against the wig marked ‘Mary J’. The Polica frontwoman is looking for a slightly more subtle disguise. “I want it to look real but not too real.” Like hair, like music. On their two albums to date, Polica have blueprinted a sound that is both ...