Labour politician Alan Johnson to share his musical memoirs

THE former Home Secretary turned best-selling author, Alan Johnson, will be divulging snippets of his life and the music that echoed throughout to create melodic markers of time in the politician’s childhood and adolescence.

Johnson, heralded as one of the most popular politicians of recent times, provides a show inspired from his latest book, which tells his personal story intertwined by the musicians of the burgeoning rock ‘n’ roll era.

Growing up as an orphan in a West London slum in the 1950s, Johnson worked as a postman before rising through the Labour Party ranks to hold various cabinet posts, ultimately including Home Secretary.

The ex-politician’s latest memoir, ‘In My Life’, captures each year of his life in each chapter up to 1982.

The importance of music is seemingly embedded in Johnson’s personality and formative memories, his earliest memories of a post-war, pre-rock ‘n’ roll West London landscape are entangled with the melodies that permeated throughout his childhood home.

‘Alan Johnson: In My Life’ marries music, politics, and memoirs to create a highly entertaining show of both a personal history and a social commentary.

The show will come to the Marine Theatre in Lyme Regis on Tu­esday, October 1 at 7.30pm.

Tickets cost £16.50 in advance or £18 on the door with a 10 per cent discount for theatre members. To book, call 01297 442138 or visit

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