Radio — June 21, 2012 at 7:00 am

Stream: ‘Spellbound: The John McGeoch Story’ — hour-long BBC radio documentary

Back in 2008, the BBC first aired an hour-long radio documentary on the life and work of post-punk guitar legend John McGeoch, who played with Siouxsie and the Banshees, Public Image Ltd. and Magazine, among others. If you’ve never heard the program, or don’t know much about the criminally unheralded McGeoch, you can stream the whole program above, thanks to YouTube uploader .

Here’s the BBC’s program description:

This is the story of John McGeoch, one of the most innovative and influential guitarists of the past thirty years. Born in Scotland and raised in Manchester and London, John McGeoch was described as the “post-punk Jimmy Page”, a man with an experimental, uncompromising and unique style. He was a distinctive player who could conjure up dramatic riffs and sounds. He performed with no fewer than nine bands, including Magazine, Siouxsie and the Banshees and Public Image Ltd. Pete Mitchell talks to Howard Devoto, Siouxsie Sioux and Johnny Marr among others, as he shines a light on the short life of this unsung guitar hero.




  1. Thanks, great story, great tunes

  2. Thanks, it sounds very interesting !

  3. Thank you so much for sharing this. I was very much influenced by all this music but didn’t know of John by name. Thanks to the BBC for helping me get to know the man behind the music. It is never too late to do so.

  4. Great guitarist. Influenced Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead as well as Johnny Marr and Roddy Frame.

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