Juke Box Jeopardy

The author's fourth pamphlet, a pop music-themed collection published by Red Squirrel Press in 2018.

A compilation album of truth and fantasy, stories and imaginings, wishes and hopes. A top twenty that charts a boy’s stumbling path through the pop, rock and more of the ’50s, ’60s and early ’70s. From Elvis to Ivan, from Dusty to Sandy, from Beatles to Incredibles, from Skiffle to Prog, no Stone is left unturned in this Genesis of a devotee. So, it’s time to get down and get with it as David Jacobs, John Peel, and even Roy Plomley, play the platters that mattered – once – in the life of a fan.

The author's eighth collection to date, this uniquely designed poetry pamphlet pays homage to the records of the past both visually and through its content. Poems inspired by stars such as Bob Dylan, Marianne Faithful, Van Morrison and Leonard Cohen, and groups from The Beatles to Pink Floyd, from The Supremes to Fairport Convention are listed as if tracks on two sides of a vinyl disc, complete with liner notes and a dedicated play list. This is a collection which shows the poet’s lighter side while also taking a sideways look at the experiences of his youth.


'Clever. And beautifully executed. For someone like me, who used to live by vinyl, the invitation's comelling. ... The poet describes a life in music. Growing up, and out, was all about it. ... Alll the time, behind the scenes, life is changing and a boy is growing - first, to teenager 'freighted with eagar desires', then to grown man.'
Charlottee Gann, sphinxreview.co.uk

'Styled as an EP, Johnstone’s pamphlet is colourful and fun, much like the poetry within it. Johnstone showcased poems which explored music through from the 1950s through to the early 1970s, interspersed with relatable themes such as youth, progression and the dispersion of families. Johnstone was a warm and engaging speaker who utilized the musicality underlying his poems to wonderful effect. After he had finished reading, I am sure I was not the only one left intrigued as to what other gems could be found inside the pamphlet Juke Box Jeopardy.' Review of Glasgow launch, Scottish Writers Centre