Johnny Marr: 'I like being upfront'

November 21, 2014 3:45 PM

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This is a partial list of the artists with whom guitarist Johnny Marr has worked since his old band the Smiths dissolved in 1987: The supergroup Electronic, The The (he was a member), the Pretenders (he was briefly a member), Beck, David Byrne, The Cribs, Hans Zimmer (on scores for "Inception" and "The Amazing Spider-Man 2") and Modest Mouse, for whom he moved to Portland, Ore., for a few years, before returning to his native Manchester, England.

A guitarist of great skill and humor once yoked to Morrissey, a difficult and charismatic frontman, Marr is - at least for people of a certain age - Keith Richards' college rock analog, if Richards were a vegan teetotaler who once appeared on "Portlandia."

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