The Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr crowned NME Genius

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LONDON (Reuters) – Guitarist and songwriter Johnny Marr who made his name with cult British rock band The Smiths in the 1980s was named on Tuesday as the winner of this year’s NME Godlike Genius Award. Marr, 49, founded The Smiths with Morrissey in 1983 and the two musicians co-wrote the band’s songs for four albums before going their separate ways in 1987. The guitarist has also played with Billy Bragg, The Pretenders, The The, Modest House and The Cribs, and has led his own band, Johnny Marr and The Healers, for over a decade. …

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