Profile: Alex James


Writer, farmer and rockstar, Alex was born in Bournemouth on 21 November 1968. After meeting Graham Coxon at Goldsmiths College, Alex became the bass player in Blur with Dave Rowntree and Damon Albarn when the band formed in 1989.

Blur became one of the most successful and influential bands of the 90s. The band’s seven studio albums to date have spawned hits throughout the world and garnered numerous international awards.

A prolific writer, Alex has regular columns in The Independent, The Observer and The Spectator and has also contributed to a number of daily papers and magazines. Alex’s first book, Bit of a Blur, was published in 2007.

Alex is married with three children and lives on an organic farm in Oxfordshire, where he produces cheese.

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Memorable Quotes

If you’re not scared of looking an idiot then you can do anything you want.

It’s just like bungee jumping: it’s absolutely terrifying, then as soon as it’s over you go, I want to do that again. I was so lucky to get that piece of music, ‘cos I love it.

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