I remember John was the guy who handed out joinery tools at Salford College of Technology when I was on block release stuying to be a joiner/carpenter from the construction company who sent me there. John was always reading in his little storage room, either the N.M.E or a poetry book. I used to stand and chat with him rather than make miniature staircases or windowframes instead discussing music. He was particularly interested at the time in George Melly lol! I also had the pleasure of playing support to him at Crystals in Bury in the late 70`s early eighties ( god my memory is crap on dates!) Top bloke our John, a true bard and great great man.