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Jon Wilde

Jon Wilde

Kidnapped by gypsies in infancy, Jon Wilde was all set for a career as a professional footballer until a painful toe injury put paid to all that. Instead he has enjoyed a long and varied career in journalism, specialising in interviews with the world’s leading hell-raisers including Dennis Hopper, Richard Harris, George Best, Keith Richards and Harvey Keitel.

The publications he has written for include Sounds, Melody Maker, Blitz, Loaded, Marie Claire, The Guardian, Esquire, GQ and The Independent.

He currently writes for Live Magazine (Mail On Sunday), The Guardian and Sabotage Times.

Now 52, Jon lives in Hove with his dog Banjo. His favourite work of art is Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks.

 

List of articles in the library by artist

10,000 Maniacs, Natalie Merchant: 10,000 Maniacs: Merchant Banquet

Interview by Jon Wilde, Melody Maker, April 1988

WHILE 10,000 MANIACS ARE UP, UP, AND AWAY, SINGER NATALIE MERCHANT IS IMMERSED IN SOME GRAND DIVERSIONS OF HER OWN. SHE TAKES A SPRINGY STEP OFF THE UP ESCALATOR TO ...

Al Green: God Is Love

Interview by Jon Wilde, Blitz, September 1988

Al Green believes in the power of love. But most of all, he believes in the power of God. ...

David Byrne, Hugo Largo: David Byrne With Les Miserables/Hugo Largo: Cambridge Theatre, London

Live Review by Jon Wilde, Melody Maker, July 1988

EVEN BEFORE THE safety-curtain rose to reveal David Byrne sitting on a tree stump, there were some willing highlights. ...

Chris Isaak: Only The Lonely: Chris Isaak: Wicked Game (WEA)

Review by Jon Wilde, Melody Maker, January 1991

"You can hold yourself back from the suffering of the world: this is something you are free to do and is in accord with your ...

Cliff Richard: The World According to Cliff

Interview by Jon Wilde, Blitz, September 1987

EXACTLY THIRTY YEARS AGO, Harry Rodger Webb was stripped of his prefect's badge for playing truant from school and going to a cinema in Edmonton ...

Alice Cooper: The Jon Wilde Interview

Interview by Jon Wilde, Uncut, July 2005

UNCUT: Am I speaking to Vincent Furnier or his alter-ego, Alice Cooper? ...

Graham Coxon: The Jon Wilde Interview

Interview by Jon Wilde, Uncut, May 2006

The former Blur guitarist tries to forget the Britpop circus, Damon Albarn's megalomania and stealing sausages in a denim skirt ...

Brian Eno: The Jon Wilde Interview

Interview by Jon Wilde, Uncut, August 2005

UNCUT: When did you first realise you were strange? ...

Frank Sinatra: The Godfather Of Swing: Frank Sinatra: The Capitol Years (Capitol)

Review by Jon Wilde, Melody Maker, January 1991

"HEY KIDS, dig the first takes/Ain't that some interpretation/When Sinatra sings against Nelson Riddle strings/Then takes a vacation" (Van Morrison: 'Hard Nose The Highway') ...

Al Green: Heaven Up Here: Al Green: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Jon Wilde, Melody Maker, July 1988

WHAT WAS I saying about letting the shiver do all the work? Just the other day? Oh me, oh my. Al Green, The Last Soul ...

Guns N' Roses, Jane's Addiction: Guns N' Roses: The Subterraneans

Report and Interview by Jon Wilde, Melody Maker, June 1987

Something's crawling from the gutters of Los Angeles, something bright and proud and bad, something making claims on setting a scene. Jonh Wilde took a ...

Happy Mondays: Vile Bodies

Interview by Jon Wilde, Melody Maker, November 1988

In Manchester "shit" means great. Yet a year after Happy Mondays' shit debut album, Squirrel And G-Man, some critics have already written off the band. ...

Happy Mondays: Dream, Drink or Die

Interview by Jon Wilde, Sounds, September 1986

HAPPY MONDAYS wear flappy flares and absent grins. They wear tatty beards and talk complete rubbish most of the time. JONH WILDE sifted through the ...

Jane's Addiction: Over The Top

Interview by Jon Wilde, Melody Maker, October 1988

ONE QUARTER THE SWEET, ONE QUARTER MC5, ONE QUARTER GANG OF FOUR AND ONE QUARTER THEMSELVES — THAT'S HOW JONH WILDE SEES HIS IDEAL JANE'S ADDICTION. THE ...

Keith Richards, The Rolling Stones: Keith Richards Interviewed

Interview by Jon Wilde, Sabotage Times, June 2013

Long before Johnny Depp based Captain Jack on him, Keith Richards was just the pirate blues chief of the Rolling Stones. And not averse to ...

Jenny Lewis: Almost Famous: Jenny Lewis

Interview by Jon Wilde, Uncut, March 2006

Kentuckey-fried Rilo Kiley frontwoman goes solo ...

Malcolm McLaren: An Audience With… Malcolm McLaren

Interview by Jon Wilde, Uncut, September 2006

This month, you plus a handful of star names grill the self-styled "ultimate rascal" on who killed Sid, pissing on Richard Branson's carpet, and whether ...

Van Morrison: Into The Mystic

Interview by Jon Wilde, Uncut, July 2005

For 40 years, his music has inspired and astonished. Yet he has remained a silent, enigmatic figure, shunning the media. Now, at long last, VAN ...

Roy Orbison: The Big O

Retrospective and Interview by Jon Wilde, Blitz, February 1989

Roy Orbison's death in December 1988 brought an abrupt end to the career of one rock's most enduring and extraordinary performers. Just over eighteen months ...

Ozzy Osbourne: The Jon Wilde Interview

Interview by Jon Wilde, Uncut, March 2005

WILDE: Your house in Buckinghamshire was burgled in November 2004. What was that like? ...

Dolly Parton: The Jon Wilde Interview

Interview by Jon Wilde, Uncut, January 2005

WILDE: People were writing you off a few years ago. Did you start to believe your time was finally up? ...

The Pixies: Tyranny And Mutation

Interview by Jon Wilde, Melody Maker, August 1990

A PIXIES album that isn't drenched in murder, mutilation, death, crucifixion, blood, evil and barbarism? It's hard to imagine, but that's exactly what the band ...

Public Enemy: Shoot-Out In The Fantasy Factory

Interview by Jon Wilde, Melody Maker, November 1987

Public Enemy have been hailed as hip hop's hardest hardliners. Jonh Wilde joined them on tour to discover the sense and nonsense behind their no-holds-barred ...

Queen: Killer Queen

Retrospective by Jon Wilde, Uncut, March 2005

They're responsible for the nation's favourite song, 'Bohemian Rhapsody', as well as its favourite live performance — Live Aid in '85. Now, more than a ...

Lou Reed: The Uncut Questionnaire

Interview by Jon Wilde, Uncut, May 2004

UNCUT: Didn't you once remark that being interviewed by an English journalist was the definition of abject misery? ...

Jonathan Richman: Having A Party With… (Cheree)

Review by Jon Wilde, Melody Maker, January 1992

SINCE Modern Lovers '88, Richman's career appears to have run to seed, each subsequent release an ever fainter reminder of the days when his idiosyncratic ...

Mike Scott, The Waterboys: Mike Scott: The Big Music

Interview by Jon Wilde, Uncut, April 2004

When The Waterboys made This Is The Sea, it was described as an Astral Weeks for the '80s, and MIKE SCOTT was touted as the ...

Smokey Robinson: My Date With Smokey

Interview by Jon Wilde, Sabotage Times, March 2011

On his seventieth birthday William "Smokey" Robinson grants exclusive access to Jon Wilde to talk cocaine, the roots of Motown and why The Stones still ...

The Stone Roses: Bonfire of the Inanities

Interview by Jon Wilde, Melody Maker, December 1989

When The Maker put Ian Brown and his reluctant heroes on the cover six months ago, they were regarded as just another bunch of hopefuls. ...

The Stranglers: Whatever Happened To The Heroes

Interview by Jon Wilde, Mail On Sunday, July 2006

JEAN-JACQUES BURNEL is happily reminiscing about his days on punk's frontline with The Stranglers. "The one thing I couldn't stand was the spitting," he says. ...

U2: Let There Be Satellite: U2: Earl's Court, London

Live Review by Jon Wilde, Melody Maker, June 1992

THE ROOM IS SPINNING. U2 are detonating 'Tryin' To Throw Your Arms Around The World'. Bono, doing a passable imitation of the Lord's Anointed, swanks ...

List of genre pieces

Nik Cohn: Rock Dreamer

Interview by Jon Wilde, Uncut, January 2006

He inspired Townshend and Bowie to create Tommy and Ziggy Stardust, wrote the article that became Saturday Night Fever and penned the greatest pop book ...

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