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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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."

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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 | (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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So...

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George Clinton Interview: Anarchy Of the Soul In Kentish Town

(0) Comments | Posted 31 July 2014 | (07:56)

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 | (07:36)

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 | (01:11)

"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 | (12:32)

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 | (10:55)

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 | (01:23)

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 | (01:51)

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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Pete Molinari Takes the Hand of History With 'Theosophy'

(0) Comments | Posted 12 June 2014 | (09:04)

"The magic of recording is that you don't quite know what you're going for until you're in the studio and working with the musicians and producers," says Pete Molinari. "That's a good thing. You have to let things unfold."

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And this time round,...

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Sound and Vision: Why Diversification Is the Name of the Music Game

(1) Comments | Posted 5 June 2014 | (10:09)

The public has grown sick at heart. It has grown bored, and in growing bored, has itself become boring, today incapable of expressing any idealism owing to its new-found impotency, borne of the satiation of its sensual needs. Shagged out and brain dead, the public cannot be sold anything because...

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Get on the Good Foot With Lee Fields and the Expressions

(0) Comments | Posted 29 May 2014 | (07:33)

"Soul music is the adhesive of the human spirit," says Lee Fields, as we look out across London's West End and watch the sun set.

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The soul of Marvin, the jazz of Coltrane and the gospel according to Aretha have attained an almost...

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All the Young Dudes Carry the News

(0) Comments | Posted 21 May 2014 | (23:25)

"For Madness, it was always about playing live, so if you're any good at that, you will always transcend the rest of the business. An artist will always, if he's lucky, get a percentage of the take on the door of a gig, whereas the record industry from the beginning...

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The Soul of Soho: Bar Italia Turns 65

(0) Comments | Posted 14 May 2014 | (10:22)

"I do worry about the family-run businesses who are struggling with the rising rents," says Antony Polledri (pictured), owner of Bar Italia in London's Soho. "They're clinging on by the skin of their teeth, and with the coming of Crossrail, the impact in Soho will be massive. Small businesses will...

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Little Barrie Rock The Big Apple

(0) Comments | Posted 8 May 2014 | (13:57)

They like their music in New York City. It's the crucible of North America and has been the destination for every major cultural exodus. Part charnel house, part cauldron, it's the city of cities where art and finance shake hands with mutual respect. It's a place where things get done.

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The Business Of Fine Art: Interview With Artist, Dameon Priestly

(0) Comments | Posted 29 April 2014 | (09:57)

"In Belfast in the early '70s things were tricky. When I asked my local green grocer if I could do some paintings for his window for Christmas, he paid me in vegetables. The next year when I did the butcher's, he paid me in sausages. By the time I was...

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Andy Crofts of The Moons On Music's Tide of Change

(0) Comments | Posted 23 April 2014 | (09:59)

The writer Barry Miles, one of the most authentic chroniclers of the Sixties, once called the decade "a supermarket of ideas", adding "everything was up in the air. We were just trying to make sense of it and not be conditioned by the 'British Way of Life'".

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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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