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Johnny Marr on how he created the sound for "How Soon Is Now?" without effects pedals

Johnny Marr is an iconic and influential guitarist best known for his work in the Smiths, which broke up in 1987. His guitar phrases and his genius for crafting textured and tonally rich rhythmic leads has influenced countless rock guitarists of the last quarter-century. Since leaving the Smiths, Marr hasn't exactly been idle or resting on his laurels.

See also: - Sunday: Johnny Marr at the Gothic Theatre, 4/21/13 - The Smiths '80s radio-station takeover: What really happened according police reports - More than a fascinating piece of Smithsology, the '80s radio takeover is a story of redemption

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