John Squire

Following the footsteps of the Smiths' Johnny Marr, John Squire established himself as the most talented and influential guitarist/songwriter in late-'80s/early-'90s British rock. Born in southwest Manchester, he grew up on the same street as Ian Brown, and the two became fast friends while attending Altrincham Grammar School. While Brown was outgoing and gregarious, Squire was introverted and in some ways painfully shy, and their polar-opposite personalities, along with a shared love of punk and '60s rock (the Beatles, et al.), made them inseparable. Getting his first guitar at age 15, Squire would spend the proverbial hours in his bedroom practicing, as he also developed a love of modern art. After attending South Trafford College, Squire became a cartoon animator, working on such famed British cartoons as Dangermouse and The Wind in the Willows.

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