Thank you, Q, for your Johnny Marr special in the last issue [ Q366]. When he claims, “I don’t think anyone’s ever had such a hard time for such a long time about the end of a band as I have, besides Yoko Ono”, he’s probably right. Yet while it’s interesting to speculate where The Smiths might’ve gone musically after the incredible Strangeways…, I doubt they’d ever have bettered it. As Marr himself admits: “My motive for moving on is more running towards something than running away from something.” And it’s that adventurous spirit which makes him still interesting and is probably why he runs 20 miles every day! Personally, I’m glad he split the greatest band of my generation. Joseph Wilder, via Q Mail
Johnny Marr: runner and “adventurous spirit”.