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

Merrymouth and the Food of Love

(0) Comments | Posted 15 April 2014 | (07:32)

Talking of the pre-Ocean Colour Scene days when he and Steve Cradock were on the dole in Birmingham, Simon Fowler is reminded of a joke. "A joke in Moseley back then was, what's green and gets you high?" He looks expectantly at our faces. We wait for the punchline. "A...

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Wilko Johnson: The Long Goodbye

(0) Comments | Posted 7 April 2014 | (11:40)

It has claimed the lives of Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie, Jon Lord, Bill Hicks, Hal Ashby, Luciano Pavarotti, Steve Jobs and others too numerous to mention. It will gather unto its black heart more still, those yet to learn of its random, obliterative touch. Perhaps it will be you or...

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Inspiral Carpets: Back In the Groove

(0) Comments | Posted 1 April 2014 | (11:47)

It's the morning after the night when Aziz Ibrahim held his 50th birthday celebrations at Manchester's Roadhouse, and Inspiral Carpets' lead singer Stephen Holt and keyboardist Clint Boon are in conversation over coffee around the corner from Sackville Street, a place immortalised by their 1990 song.

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Reality Check With Paul Weller

(0) Comments | Posted 25 March 2014 | (23:00)

Paul Weller cuts a lithe figure in a black crew neck sweater and dove grey slacks that ride a couple of inches off the ground. His round-toed calfskin Chelsea boots gleam under the lights. A flashgun snaps at his every move as his gimlet eye rakes the clothes rack that...

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Martin Scorsese Doesn't Live Here Anymore and More's the Pity

(1) Comments | Posted 16 March 2014 | (14:24)

The question is, where has he gone? These words don't come easy, but Martin Scorsese, at this current juncture in cinematic history, has disappeared. Once a maestro film-maker who advocated anarchy of the soul - see De Niro's Johnny Boy in Mean Streets or Joe Pesci in GoodFellas - Scorsese...

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Peter Young, DJ: A Master of Spin

(0) Comments | Posted 10 March 2014 | (12:38)

Picture it. The kitchen radio, a glistening hunk of bakelite, its alignment of valves producing a sound that commanded attention. You're a kid busy hanging onto your mother's skirt as she cooks the evening meal. It's a moment of inspiration.


You didn't realise...

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How To Get Ahead With Advertising: Interview With Novelist, Peter Mayle

(0) Comments | Posted 3 March 2014 | (06:36)

"Writing advertising copy, which I learned largely from the great David Ogilvy, taught me not to waffle, and to use facts instead of purple prose when describing something," says Peter Mayle over a glass of red.


As a man who made his bones...

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Begin Again With the Merrylees

(0) Comments | Posted 20 February 2014 | (11:16)

We have come full circle and it is time to remember. Only 60 years ago, one Elvis Aaron Presley made the trip to Sam Phillips' Sun Studio in Memphis with the idea of cutting a few songs.

The process was simple: he sang and then he paid. And the discs...

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The Eastern Promise of Dexters

(0) Comments | Posted 13 February 2014 | (06:35)

If it is folly to mistake the echo of a London pub for the voice of the kingdom (to paraphrase Jonathan Swift), then it's correct to state that such voices are often the first to articulate the iniquities of life on this island.


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The Last Of the Troubadours

(0) Comments | Posted 5 February 2014 | (09:19)

Steam shoots from the Gaggia towards the slow click of the ceiling fan. It's a Tuesday morning and the delivery vans have arrived, Frith Street suddenly filled with the crash and shout of drivers. Where we sit is quieter, amid the fruit machines, framed sepia photographs and the memories. The...

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Paul 'Bonehead' Arthurs Goes Back to His Roots After Oasis

(0) Comments | Posted 30 January 2014 | (10:40)

"It's an Irish thing," says Paul 'Bonehead' Arthurs of one of this country's biggest exports, that curious outpouring of music that emanates from the north-west of England. "There isn't some magic fog sitting over the North West, but there is a lot of Celtic blood in the area."

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The Resurrection of Matt Deighton

(1) Comments | Posted 23 January 2014 | (09:11)

"There are woodpeckers in the garden," Matt Deighton tells me from his Welsh retreat. "No one's about here. It's the back of beyond and right up my street."

Age has become him, his eyes holding the horizon as if discerning there ideas already heading his way. He waits, a singer-songwriter...

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Is Style Going Out of Fashion?

(0) Comments | Posted 16 January 2014 | (11:31)

Those of us who have lived here in London long enough have well learned the maxim that, if we are to succeed in living lives of which we feel proud, we must first feed the great whore that is this city. Our own tireless efforts improve the way she behaves...

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A New Clear Fusion: How to Save the Music Industry

(0) Comments | Posted 9 January 2014 | (11:31)

Another year is upon us like a wildcat and we must seize it by the throat or else by the throat it will seize us. These are times to test even the stony-hearted among us as a recession creeps by stealth into our lives, deep London pockets suddenly very shallow,...

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Bruce Fleming: On Jimi Hendrix, the 1960s and the Art of Photography

(0) Comments | Posted 2 January 2014 | (11:02)

If the treasures by which we better view ourselves are photographs, then it is to Bruce Fleming that we owe a debt of gratitude, for as one of the 1960s' master lensmen, he contributed to a collective body of photographic work which, in all likelihood, will never again be matched...

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Steve Cradock: Life at the Sharp End

(0) Comments | Posted 19 December 2013 | (10:31)

We're lost in the crowd in the neon-soaked hotel bar down the road from the Shepherd's Bush Empire, and Steve Cradock has flown in under the radar, perhaps his parka the only give away of who he is.


The first night of two...

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Alex Lipinski, Alone On a One Way Road

(0) Comments | Posted 12 December 2013 | (15:31)

The ageing voice, swallow light guitar melody and harmonica playing are wedded as only can be when a man has found that thing he has been born to do. He speaks rapidly, words tripping over each other to get out, but when Alex Lipinski sings it's with the poise of...

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The Art Attack of Vermilion Hook

(0) Comments | Posted 6 December 2013 | (11:20)

It makes sense to exhibit this kind of art in one of Soho's more rebellious corners. The space chosen by Vermilion Hook lies beneath Marshall Street in the basement salon belonging to designer and tailor, Mark Powell.


Sean Rohr, alongside Luke Francis Haseler...

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Gig Exclusive: Trio Valore Tears Up the Rule Book in Milan

(0) Comments | Posted 1 December 2013 | (01:33)

It is here in Milan, far north in the Bel Paese [Italy, the "beautiful country"], that a cultural pragmatism has attracted those of a more refined musical streak.


And it is at Biko, a club not far from the throng of the city...

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The Name's Beige... Lenny Beige

(0) Comments | Posted 26 November 2013 | (11:23)

The painted lady at reception is confused. Sweet perfume comes off her in waves as a brunette dressed as a rabbit looks at me over her shoulder.
"Who?" she says.
"Steve. Steve Furst...also known as Lenny Beige."
Then her penny drops, so to speak.
"Go on...

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