Silence fell. We had lost her. The world had lost her. A beautiful soul, a rock & roll shero, my friend, had passed away. I could not believe that Kelly was gone.
,,Memory is such a living, breathing and haunting animal, and to condense it into words on a page seems to dilute or tame it somehow. But there comes a time in some people’s lives when they just have to get it all down, whether in a notepad, a diary... or even recklessly attempt a book.'' - Kelly Johnson
It had been our project. Kelly desperately wanted her fans to know the woman behind the guitar. She so wanted to tell her story. And Kel had such a way with words. That, and a twinkle in her eye when she spoke about her book.
,,I didn’t really intend to write just an account of the on-and-off-the-road antics of a rock ’n roll band – I hope it’s more than that. I do feel like I’ve been in more movies than I care to shake a stick at – and if even just one thing you come across here strikes a chord – or even a note – then I’ll feel I was writing for you.''
- Kelly Johnson
I don’t know why she asked me to make her dream a reality, but she did. Kel knew exactly what she wanted her fans to have in their hands. Her own precious thoughts and memories. The voices of those she shared her journey with. The photographs. She knew exactly who she wanted to include. And who not.
,,So all the high-ways and low-ways, side-ways and every-which-ways of a life lived so far are here in these chapters and as honestly as I dare. It’s not always easy to relive some of your, how can I say, less-than-glamorous episodes of your life, is it? But I figured if I’m gonna tell a story right, I can’t pick and choose the ‘best bits’ to write about ’cos you wouldn’t be seeing the whole movie.'' - Kelly Johnson
Photograph by Chris Watts
Fast forward 11 years. After two successfully published e-books, we have brought to life the first ever hardback edition of Kelly’s book. A VERY limited edition. Can you imagine how chuffed she’d be?
We asked for your help and got it.
Did you notice the change from I to WE? That’s because I couldn’t do it on my own. To really honour Kelly’s wishes and give her the gorgeous book she truly deserved I counted on those she’s dedicated those precious last months of her life to – her beautiful fans. Many of you got involved. If you did, thank you. Thank you from all my heart. Dee xxx
,,Nobody knows what joys or horrors await us around the corners, but turn them we do, onto strange and uncharted roads – scary stuff – and Fate does steer us to safety now and again. But what about all the other zillion side streets we all take? Well, I can only write about the ones I happened to take, whether by limo or bus, or barely crawling on my hands and knees. And I’m not gonna go bangin’ on about how Life is Precious, don’t take it for granted etc., but there, I just did. And I just might again because it is, even when it sucks.'' - Kelly Johnson