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The Light Pours Out of Me

The Light Pours Out of Me is the authorised biography of seminal post-punk guitarist John McGeoch by Rory Sullivan-Burke, published by Omnibus Press on the 28th April 2022.  


John was the man behind the riffs, haunting chords and creative engine room of cult bands Magazine and (post The Scream and Join Hands) Siouxsie and the Banshees – as well as forming The Armoury Show with ex Skids frontman Richard Jobson and later being John Lydon’s featured guitarist and musical driving force in Public Image Limited.

Documentary Kickstarter Campaign

A Kickstarter campaign has launched to fund a feature documentary celebrating the life and musical legacy of a legendary Scottish guitarist who defined the post-punk sound, from Paul Sng & Nicola Black based on the acclaimed book by Rory Sullivan-Burke.

John McGeoch Archive


To celebrate John McGeoch, we want to build a fan-driven, internet archive.

If you have any fan images, stories, memories, ideas or memorabilia, please get in touch.


You can contact us at:


Follow the link below to see the archive page, which currently features a few previously unseen photographs which are not included in the book.

The Author

Rory Sullivan-Burke was born in London’s East End in 1983. He has worked in community and care work since he was 16, first supporting children in the inner city and then as a support worker for adults with learning disabilities. He relocated to West Yorkshire in 2007.


Diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, he has used his experience of living with autism to empower and advocate for people on the autistic spectrum. His earliest memories are of music and it has remained an enduring and pivotal obsession. He is an ardent West Ham United fan.



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Author Rory Sullivan-Burke has put together a mix of available songs which feature John McGeoch's distinctive guitar playing.
Which song defines the John McGeoch guitar sound for you? Let us know!
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