Jason Holmes
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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.

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Alias Kid, Banging Their Own Drum

(0) Comments | Posted 17 December 2014 | (20:32)

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 | (16:48)

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 | (04:19)

"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.

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Los Angeles is...

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

(0) Comments | Posted 5 November 2014 | (22:01)

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 | (23:59)

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 | (01:53)

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 | (23:52)

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."

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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 | (23:48)

"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."

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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 | (21:26)

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.

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"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 8 September 2014 | (00:39)

"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 | (20:56)

"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."

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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 | (14:03)

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 | (16:03)

"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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So...

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George Clinton Interview: Anarchy Of the Soul In Kentish Town

(0) Comments | Posted 31 July 2014 | (08:56)

The three women, stage right, led by Tallahassee-born Kendra Foster in an emerald green dress, win your gaze as they move as one, a six-legged chimera straight out of an opium dream. George steps to the microphone in a gold fedora, suited and booted, the stage behind him crammed with...

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Nolan Porter: Bringing West Coast Soul to London's West End

(0) Comments | Posted 25 July 2014 | (08:36)

Descend these stairs into the dark chamber beneath one of London's main thoroughfares and upon the red walls you will see hanging the portraits of musical souls on the brink of being forgotten in this age of wilful ignorance, each one a portal to the past, handsomely mounted and crowding...

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Two Tones of Horace Panter: 'I'm Making the Invisible Visible'

(0) Comments | Posted 17 July 2014 | (02:11)

"It was something of a shock when The Specials became famous," Horace Panter tells me. "We started off doing things at our own pace, and then, after playing in pubs and clubs, we got a recording contract and started making music at the much faster pace of the record companies."

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No Smoke Fairies Without Fire

(0) Comments | Posted 10 July 2014 | (13:32)

Engine scream splits the Peckham air as a steel bird lumbers out of a cloud, banking sharply west towards Heathrow. South London streets lie quiet and Jessica is lost in shadow in the corner of the pub garden. She looks at me, then down at her hands before she answers.

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Mark Powell and the Ibiza Connection: Time to Modernise

(0) Comments | Posted 3 July 2014 | (11:55)

Soho congeals under feverish skies and the barbarians are at the gates. The gentrifiers and dullards (not to mention Crossrail) are currently doing Luftwaffe-style damage to this historic quarter's northern edge, while Soho's southern flank is quickly filling with anodyne theme bars and parlours all aimed at the infantilised adults...

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The World Cup: Will We Ever Turn That Corner?

(0) Comments | Posted 26 June 2014 | (02:23)

This has been an amusing tournament so far, if only for the verbal interplay in the TV studio between ex-footballers and assorted armchair experts whose gone-to-seed physiques are crammed awkwardly between the four corners of our screens.

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And England? Well, the script was...

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Gilles Peterson and Sonzeira: One Man's Brazilian Goal Realised

(0) Comments | Posted 19 June 2014 | (02:51)

He's come a long way, has Gilles Peterson, from his DJing residency at Dingwalls to his current incarnation as globe-trotting musicologist nonpareil. He's an educator, and few, if any, have done as much as he to elevate Brazilian (and world music) into the mainstream.

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