Alex James on his tractor
He lives in a house, a very big house in the country
We spend time with Blur bassist Alex James on his Oxfordshire farm.
Alex James is Blur’s bass player; handsome, talented and wealthy. During the group's hey-day he lived a crazy and debauched London lifestyle where according to The Guardian he reportedly 'blew a million quid on champagne'.
Now he’s living on a 200-acre farm in a small village located between Chipping Norton and Stow-on-the-Wold where he makes cheese.
The change in lifestyle has turned the former vegetarian into a meat eater with hundreds of sheep. If you were cynical you might say he's something of a dandy farmer.
Living off the land is easy to do if you’ve got thousands to invest and can sell the products in exclusive celebrity outlets while publicising your efforts across your many media activities like an Independent column called "The Great Escape".
But while he’s not irritating struggling farmers trying to eek out a living (just ask the Queen) he’s doing a fine turn in all sundry of bands and artistic endeavours as well as keeping a good eye firmly on outer space. All of which ought to make his autobiography a good read.
Our reporter Martin Eastaugh caught up with Alex on his farm ahead of his recent signing at Waterstones, to find out more.
last updated: 06/07/07