The comprehensive site regarding Johnny Depp and his music!
Peter Mountain photograph, 2013
"[I've had] sort of a rebirth of my
relationship with music. So I've been playing more and writing more and
it's led to invitations to play with people."
--Christian Science Monitor, July 2013
December 10, 2013: Bill Carter's song, Anything Made Of Paper, has been named as one of American Songwriter's Top 50 Songs Of 2013. The description says, “Anything
made of paper” was what visitors were allowed to bring Damien
Echols in prison, yet Carter’s song—which played over the
closing credits of West of Memphis—focuses on everything else the
falsely accused prisoner received in time: life, freedom, love, and
dignity." Bill joins the likes of Paul McCartney, Elvis
Costello, and Richard Thompson on the list. Congratulations to
Bill and co-composer Ruth for this well-deserved honor!
December 6, 2013: Louise Goffin has started a PledgeMusic
campaign to help fund her new album. PledgeMusic is similar to
Kickstarter in that pledges carry rewards if the project is funded, and
your pledge is only charged if the project reaches its funding goal.
In addition, Louise will donate 10% of the funds to the Child Find of America
charity dedicated to prevention of child abduction. Johnny is a
participant on the song Watching The Sky Turn Blue, which was released
this past September. A minimum pledge of $10 will get you a
digital download of the album once it's finished, and $15 will get you
a CD. There are 60 days to the campaign, so consider a pledge!
December 2013: TheKickstarter campaignto help fund Hi, How Are You, a short film about and starring Austin
musician/artist Daniel Johnston, has been funded, surpassing its goal by a wide margin. Daniel is the composer of the song, I Save
Cigarette Butts, which was covered by Johnny's old band P. An
article atMovies.comsays that the soundtrack to
the film will feature music by "Johnny Depp
and Gibby Haynes"- could that be P's cover on the soundtrack?
Or did they just take the list of performers who have covered
Johnston's songs and made the assumption? Time will tell.
The film is
directed by Gabriel Sunday, who will also portray a younger Daniel,
while Daniel will play himself. Back in 2010,exclaim.careported on the film. See also the film'sOfficial Site.
November 2013: Sunset Strip (The Movie) is available for streaming (for $4.99) or
(for $12.99), by clicking on the link(s) at the film's Official Site.
The film was previously shown at film festivals and has been airing on
Showtime. Johnny is an interviewee in the movie, discussing the
excitement of The Strip, the Chateau Marmont, and The Viper Room.
Johnny co-owned The Viper Room from 1993 through 2004. According toBroadway World,
Sunset Strip (The Movie) will be available on DVD on December 10, though it is not yet listed anywhere for preorder.
October 2013: Paul McCartney'sQueenie Eye videois out! Aside from Macca himself, Johnny is the most prominent
star, being the first and last seen. A Making Of Queenie Eye
video is also available onYouTube.
Paul McCartney, Johnny, and other stars are seen behind the
scenes, discussing The Beatles, Abbey Road Studios, and the song. Previously, McCartney's FB page provided a link
to a one minutetrailerfeaturing Johnny in the video.Buzzfeedalso shows 10 GIFs from the video featuring Johnny and many other
celebrities dancing or grooving along to the song.
October 2013: A new trailer is available for the upcoming documentary, Friends Of The Viper Room. This film, which was partially funded by a Kickstarter campaign, will focus on the history of The Viper Room, which Johnny owned from 1993-2004.
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February 21, 2013: David Letterman taping, Ed Sullivan Theater, NYC with Bill Carter And The Blame
December 8, 2012: Alice Cooper's Christmas Pudding show, Comerica Theatre, Phoenix AZ
December 7, 2012: The Mint, LA with Bill Carter
December 3, 2012: Staples Center, LA with Aerosmith
(Dec 2014) Into The Woods (Feature Film).
Johnny will play the Wolf in the screen adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim musical.
Richards Documentary (working title Happy).
Johnny is directing a documentary about Keith Richards; the film has been in the works for about 4 years.
(2014?) Song for upcoming Steven Tyler album.
Tyler reveals that he's written a song(s) for an upcoming solo
album with Johnny; Billboard reports that Johnny may appear on the
(2014?) Untitled song for upcoming Alice Cooper album. Alice reports that Johnny wrote the music for what might be the title track of Alice's next album.
(2014?) Friends Of The Viper Room (Documentary).
This film will focus on
the history of The Viper Room, which Johnny owned from 1993-2004.
(2014?) That's What I'm Doing Here (Documentary). Johnny is in performance footage in this film about musicians Bill
Carter, Alejandro Escovedo, and Charlie Sexton.
(2013?) For No Good Reason (Documentary). Johnny
participates in this documentary about artist Ralph Steadman. The
film features Ralph giving ukulele lessons to Johnny.
(Oct 2013) Queenie Eye (Music video). Johnny participates in the upcoming Paul McCartney video, which was filmed at Abbey Road Studios.
(Sept 2013) Louise Goffin: Watching The Sky Turn Blue (Song). Johnny provides handclaps and backing vocals. A PledgeMusic campaign is in the works to help fund an album.
(Aug 2013) Sunset Strip (Documentary).
Johnny participates in this documentary about The Strip, which includes The Viper Room, formerly owned by
(July 2013) The Lone Ranger: Wanted (CD). Johnny
is an arranger, producer, and musician on Iggy Pop's track, Sweet Betsy
From Pike, and may be a musician on Shane Macgowan's track.
(May 2013) The Hookah Lounge, Vol. 1: Street Runners (Song).
Johnny does spoken word on this rap song featuring Jup, Rob Jackson, and Kae State. Originally released in 2012.
(May 2013) Vanessa Paradis: Love Songs (CD set).
Johnny co-composed the song New Year.
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years ago, I published
my first few pages of Johnny Depp Rocks!
As a huge fan of Johnny Depp and also a longtime music
and collector, I had been investigating Johnny's musical background and
pursuits, but I grew frustrated when I saw so much false information on
the web and in print. I created this site as an attempt to
compile accurate information about Johnny's musical side: his
performances, recordings, and videos, as well as his friends in the
world of music, and share it freely with all his fans. While
design may be plain, I hope that the information presented here is as
accurate and reliable as it can possibly be. Many thanks to
those who have offered feedback or contributed information to help this
site to thrive. I always welcome any corrections, additions, or
suggestions, and hope that this site will continue to grow whenever
there may be more to add! Hope you enjoy!
-Cathy aka MadScntst, July
Addendum, 7 years on: this past year has been amazingly busy for
Johnny, musicwise. Last fall he made an unprecedented number of
live appearances with various artists, and he continues to show up on
recordings. He admits that he's had "sort of a rebirth of my
relationship with music." Here's hoping that Johnny will
continue to pursue his musical interests in the coming year, and for
many years to come!
MadScntst, July 23, 2013 I
am always grateful for corrections or additions to any of the content
on this site! I would particularly love any photos or other
memorabilia from any of Johnny's live performances, past or present.
Please contact me if you can help!