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John's failure is its own success!

August 31, 2013


Otway The Movie Broadway Cinema Mike Atkinson HE might be known as Rock and Roll's Greatest Failure, but John Otway has a knack of coming up trumps.

I had been booked to introduce the film and upon arrival I was led into the main bar, where Otway was already holding court with some of his fans.

The movie combined plentiful archive footage with classroom scenes in which the 60-year-old cult hero instructed a bunch of teenagers on how to make it in the music business. Otway had to wait 25 years between his first and second hit singles. His second brush with the charts, thanks to a brilliantly orchestrated campaign that took on the music industry and succeeded against all the odds, was explained in detail.

After the film, Otway became the effortlessly hilarious character that we knew and loved.

Knowing what you know now, asked one fan, would you have rather lived the life of the superstar you never became, or has your chequered career enriched you? That's the most stupid question I've ever been asked! Otway replied. Of course I'd rather have been a superstar!

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