Dying guitarist Wilko Johnson rocks until the end

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Posted: Monday, February 4, 2013 12:00 am | Updated: 5:17 pm, Tue Mar 25, 2014.

WESTCLIFF-ON-SEA, England (AP) - Living has been full of surprises for Wilko Johnson. So has dying.

Four decades in the rock `n' roll trenches have brought the British guitarist obscurity and fame, followed by turmoil, more obscurity and rediscovery. Now the greatest rock star you may not have heard of - songwriter for rabble-rousing 1970s band Dr. Feelgood - is embarking on a farewell tour. Unlike some musical goodbyes, this one is permanent. Late last year, Johnson was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer and told he had just months to live.

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