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

A Great Escape In the Frame: 'Never Turn Back' by Dean Chalkley

(0) Comments | Posted 2 December 2015 | (19:19)

The wind tangles hair and brine spatters the faces of the gang upon a pebbled beach that undulates and vanishes beneath the East Anglian surf. The smiles are warmer, more genuine, the body language relaxed and unmannered. These are the disarming images from a new photographic exhibition by award-winning photographer...

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It's Only Doc'n'Roll But They Like It

(0) Comments | Posted 23 September 2015 | (13:35)

Cinemas - those filmic temples in which we have all inhaled the popcorny incense of celluloidal faith - are slowly disappearing from the landscape, leaving dereliction where once we dreamed in unity before the silver screen. And with nowhere else to go, visual narratives are migrating to the smaller, meagre,...

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Fast Food and Even Faster Fighting: the Bangkok Connection

(0) Comments | Posted 12 August 2015 | (22:59)

Gastronomy and pugilism. One, it seems, begets the other when you're standing outside the Rajadamnern Stadium in modern Bangkok, the beating heart of old Siam. You drink a glass of pennywort and hand over your baht. You sidestep to the next stall and buy some glutinous rice and pork cooked...

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Tubby Hayes: When Fans Remember a British Jazz Legend

(0) Comments | Posted 13 May 2015 | (19:51)

Take a trip through the secondhand record shops of Soho and if you're very lucky you'll stumble across one of the rarest musical commodities: a Tubby Hayes record. Tubby would have been 80 this year if he'd paced his life more sedately. But that wasn't his style. His style was...

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Selling The Family Silver: Return Of the Supergroup

(0) Comments | Posted 7 April 2015 | (20:29)

They've come together at last, three musicians who were responsible for some of the brightest colour and artistry in British popular music over the past three decades, and they're currently squirrelled away in a Salford studio to record an album that will serve as a reminder of what the music...

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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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