Jason Holmes
A Londoner by birth, he has written for journals as diverse as Wallpaper magazine and the Soho Clarion and has worked on publications for EMAP, Haymarket Publishing, Reed Business Information and Dow Jones. He has just finished his first novel.

Entries by Jason Holmes

Pete Waterman Interview: Waiting for the Next Big Thing

(0) Comments | Posted 18 March 2015 | (14:13)

"I've always been driven by what people want and not what I like," says Pete Waterman OBE. "I'm lucky enough to have come into this business seeing The Beatles before they were The Beatles, when they were John Lennon and The Silver Beetles. What they were doing had been done...

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Is This the Last Hurrah For the Noble Art?

(8) Comments | Posted 4 March 2015 | (19:28)

This is the big one, the defining match of this generation, the one they've been waiting for all of these lean years. It'll be up there with Ali versus Frazier and Sugar Ray Leonard versus Marvin Hagler, and it may very well be the last of its kind.

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iC1s and That London Thing

(0) Comments | Posted 18 February 2015 | (18:59)

Think again of two bands who once reared into the light in an era when talent lay upon the ground like grass. Musically speaking, when you think of London you think of them as bands who expressed the aspirations and attitudes of the young men of the nation's capital. They...

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Going Underground: The London Modernist Literary Event at the Cockpit Theatre

(1) Comments | Posted 8 February 2015 | (23:36)

To name just a few, there's the Words In The Park Festival in London and the Hay Festival in Hay-on-Wye alongside the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Then there's Latitude in Suffolk, the Port Eliot Festival in Cornwall and Voewood in Norfolk sandwiched somewhere between Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival...

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The Clash of Art Forms: Paul Simonon's 'Wot No Bike' at the ICA, London

(0) Comments | Posted 2 February 2015 | (18:47)

Perhaps, like his musical contemporary Horace Panter, it's a bass guitar thing that has afforded him a chance to think about what else he can do creatively.

Or maybe being a visual artist is just another side of what it is to be a musician. This is one for Oliver...

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A Picture Paints a Thousand Words

(0) Comments | Posted 21 January 2015 | (18:53)

On a quiet Bloomsbury street a Londoner can find repose in a museum that, thankfully and quite deliberately, has hidden its light under a bushel. It's Bloomsbury's secret, snugged away around the corner from the much larger British Museum where one can find the Elgin Marbles (but more of that...

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Madame Butterfly: The Czechs and Balances Of a Night at the Opera

(0) Comments | Posted 7 January 2015 | (18:01)

The acoustics are perfect, the musicians hidden in the pit, the conductor coaxing sound from the players which shoots up to caress the ceiling before it is forced back towards the rear of the auditorium, wherein we sit, the sound washing around us for two and a half hours.

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Alias Kid, Banging Their Own Drum

(1) Comments | Posted 17 December 2014 | (19:32)

These are men of the north country, a happy band of brothers who have staked their future on one roll of the dice. Or so it would seem were it not for the man who has stepped in to back the musical endeavours of Manchester-based band, Alias Kid. 

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Vanishing London: It's Time Now for Soho to Save Its Soul

(0) Comments | Posted 3 December 2014 | (15:48)

London, this ancient city of ours, has two beating hearts. One, known as the Square Mile, keeps our metropolis firmly upon the world map, but so too does the other and no less vital. A mere two short syllables tell of its character that is known the world over: Soho,...

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Los Angeles Redux: Photographic Memories From the Getty Center

(0) Comments | Posted 20 November 2014 | (03:19)

"Hugh Hefner owns the letter Y," says the studio guide, and together we squint to better see the word writ large upon the distant hillside: Hollywood, a word connoting enterprise, community and stardom and which underpins this vast, sprawling city.


Los Angeles is...

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Our Favourite Shop: John Simons, the Tale Of a London Stylist

(0) Comments | Posted 5 November 2014 | (21:01)

We live today in an era of obsession with the fashion of celebrity, beset also by what Will Self recently called (in relation to the hipster) a "mindless attitudinising".

This much is true, because to take a look in the streets of old London town these days is to discover...

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Poetry, the Art Form That Tries To Think Before It Speaks

(1) Comments | Posted 22 October 2014 | (22:59)

In a recent interview with Andrew Marr, the writer and broadcaster Clive James said he'd "be lost without poetry" and in doing so spoke for us all. We, like James, take refuge in words, bathing in the salve of their sound, of English used with precision and intent.

Poetry is...

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Ricky Tomlinson, a Northern Soul

(1) Comments | Posted 9 October 2014 | (00:53)

This is a very English film. The cast is English, the subject is English, the very audience to which it is aimed is English. As a return to the kitchen sink drama of yesteryear - which, in and of itself, is an astute production move - it's a tale of...

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The Versatile Hugh Cornwell: 'Always Give People What You Want for Yourself'

(0) Comments | Posted 1 October 2014 | (22:52)

Of his new novel Arnold Drive, Hugh Cornwell says "it's like Being There meets Forrest Gump meets Father Ted. It's a Dickensian tale, a black comedy."


The novel tells the story of a Wiltshire vicar whose religious career is suddenly brought...

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David Gedge of The Wedding Present: 'We Were Destined To Be a John Peel Band'

(1) Comments | Posted 24 September 2014 | (22:48)

"People still try and emulate John Peel," says David Gedge, leader of The Wedding Present and one of the last true survivors of the British music scene of the 1980s. "His work as a musicologist put everything into context."


Perhaps this is Gedge...

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Rupert Thomson Interview: 'To Write Fiction at All Is a Moral Act'

(1) Comments | Posted 17 September 2014 | (20:26)

Vauxhall, which is 20 minutes by bike from where he lives, is where Rupert Thomson rents a nondescript office, snugged away in a corner of central London, alone with his imagination.


"Everyone else in there has a proper job," he says,...

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Interview With Diggs Duke: 'People Need To Slow Down Their Listening'

(0) Comments | Posted 7 September 2014 | (23:39)

"There's a big difference between an artist who's trying to be seen, and one who's trying to be heard," says Jonathan Meacham, a singer-songwriter who's currently causing a bit of a stir on both sides of the Atlantic. Signed to London-based Brownswood Recordings - a label that focuses on music,...

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I Am a Camera: Interview With Charlie Inman, Documentary Maker

(0) Comments | Posted 27 August 2014 | (19:56)

"A lot of people don't realise how important Gilles Peterson has been to Brazilian music," says Charlie Inman, "so I wanted people to know of the global impact that he's had."


Unafraid to board a plane at a moment's notice armed only with...

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Howard Jacobson Interview: The Brave New Word of 'J'

(0) Comments | Posted 11 August 2014 | (13:03)

The view from his loft takes in all the ash grey roofs of London looking east from the midpoint of Soho and, on the horizon's rim, Howard Jacobson perhaps can see the future galloping towards him, his saturnine countenance searching the distant alleys for the questions for which he has...

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The World According To Jah Wobble

(2) Comments | Posted 6 August 2014 | (15:03)

"The music business has become dull," says Jah Wobble. "It's like one big heritage site. I avoid it like the plague because it's full of businessmen bores, a lot of whom are too old to try anything else. It's a dead zone."



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