This Day In Rock. COLDPLAY’s ‘JONNY BOY’ BUCKLAND
Jonathan Mark Buckland was born in London, England, on Sept. 11, 1977.
He lived in London until the age of four when his family moved to Mold, North Wales. He was encouraged into the music scene by his elder brother who was a big fan of My Bloody Valentine. Buckland started playing the guitar at the age of eleven after being spurred on by The Stone Roses, and was taught the instrument by a mysterious local music teacher known only as ‘Madigan’. He taught lessons from an upstairs room at the ‘Back Alley’ music shop in Mold and now is believed to divide his time between a studio in nearby Buckley and gigging trips to Sweden.
Buckland studied astronomy and mathematics at University College London, where he also met his future band mates and formed Coldplay.
Buckland’s musical influences include Ride, George Harrison and Jimi Hendrix. He is noted for his sparse arrangements and use of slide.
Coldplay frontman Chris Martin will often refer to him as “Jonny Boy” frequently during live concerts, particularly if Buckalnd is about to do a solo or a long riff.
Chris has famously said: “There would be no Coldplay music without Jonny Buckland”.
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