- James Williamson (musician)
Infobox musical artist
Name = James Williamson
Background = non_vocal_instrumentalist
Birth_name = James Robert Williamson
Born = birth date and age|1949|10|29
Castroville, Texas, United States
Protopunk, Garage rock, Hard rock, Glam rock, Punk rock
Musician, Songwriter, Guitarist, Producer, Electronic engineer
Years_active = 1971 - 1980
Label = Columbia, Bomp, Radar
The Stooges, Iggy Pop
James Robert Williamson (born
29 october 1949in Castroville, Texas) is an American guitarist, songwriterand record producerbest known for his contribution to the protopunk rock bandIggy & The Stooges.
Williamson's family moved to
Detroit, Michiganwhen he was in the 8th grade. He formed his first rock 'n' roll band, "The Chosen Few", with Scott Richardson in the 9th grade. They performed cover versions of Rolling Stonessongs and others. Williamson also spent some time in a juvenile home. In one of the bands later line-ups, in 11th grade, Ron Ashetonwas the bassist. Asheton, as guitarist, went on to form The Stoogeswith his brother Scott and Iggy Pop.
After graduating from High School, Williamson travelled to
New York Cityin 1969 where he met up with The Stooges, who were recording their debut album.
Later, in 1971, Williamson joined The Stooges, who were struggling with line-up changes, drugs and lack of success.
David Bowieoffered Iggy a chance to record in London, and eventually the Asheton brothers re-joined, with Ron on bass. Williamson co-wrote all the songs (with Iggy) and played all the guitar parts for The Stooges 1973 album " Raw Power". He played louder and raunchier than almost anybody at the time, with a jagged high-energy approach. For this, along with his creative song writing, many people consider him one of punk's pioneers.
Many of the demo recordings made prior to "Raw Power" were belatedly issued, including the
hard rocktracks "I Got A Right" and "Gimme Some Skin". After collaborating with Iggy on the 1975 sessions for their duo album " Kill City", Williamson left the music businessto become an electronic engineer and work in the computer industry.
Kill City" was issued in 1977 and in 1979 Williamson returned to produce, write and play on Iggy's third solo album " New Values" (with Scott Thurstonemulating Williamson's guitar style), and do initial production on Iggy's next album "Soldier", before returning to the electronics field where he remains today.
* [http://www.trynka.net/Site/Open_Up_Blog/9C5B86C1-42AB-4471-92E6-68CBEC2B1BA2.html 2007 interview with Williamson]
* [http://www.i94bar.com/ints/james1.html 2001 interview with Williamson]
* [http://www.creemmagazine.com/_site/BeatGoesOn/IggyPop/HoneyComeBeMyEnemy0508.html Creem magazine 1974 interview with Williamson & Pop]
* [http://iggypop.org iggypop.org fan site]
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