James Williamson

Born Oct 29, 1949

James Robert Williamson is an American guitarist, songwriter, record producer and electronics engineer who is best known for his contribution to the protopunk rock band Iggy & The Stooges.

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  • Electronics Engineer And Musician James Williamson Named 2015 Recipient Of Ronald H. Brown Standards Leadership Award
    Yahoo News - Apr 06, 2015
  • First Listen: Iggy & The Stooges, 'ready To Die'
    NPR - Apr 22, 2013
  • Dusty Wright: Thankful For Tasty New Rock Music!
    Huffington Post - Nov 23, 2012
  • Logan Lynn: 'kill For Love': An Interview With Ruth Radelet Of Chromatics
    Huffington Post - Oct 26, 2012


Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of James Williamson.


1949 Birth Williamson was born in Castroville, Texas in 1949. … Read More


1966 16 Years Old …  In the first half of 1966, Williamson was sent to a boarding school in a small town eighty miles north of New York City. … Read More
1969 19 Years Old After graduating from high school in 1969, Williamson travelled to New York to keep in touch with The Stooges, who were recording their debut album with former Velvet Underground multi-instrumentalist John Cale.


1970 20 Years Old 1 More Event
By late 1970, Williamson joined The Stooges as a second guitarist.
1972 22 Years Old In 1972, David Bowie offered Pop a chance to record in London; he promptly enlisted Williamson as a collaborator for the project. … Read More
1975 25 Years Old Williamson collaborated with Pop in 1975 on tumultuous demo sessions for a proposed new album to be produced by Cale, which were released (despite Pop's objections) in 1977 as Kill City. … Read More
1979 29 Years Old In 1979, he was again persuaded to work with Iggy Pop as a producer and songwriter on New Values, his third solo album; in a partial reunion of The Stooges, Scott Thurston played guitar on all the tracks except "Don't Look Down." … Read More


1982 32 Years Old After working on Soldier, Williamson left the music business entirely to concentrate on his studies. In 1982, he received an electrical engineering degree from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. … Read More


1997 47 Years Old 1 More Event
In a 1997 interview with Perfect Sound Forever, he reflected upon his relationship with Williamson at length, alleging that "James was into bad stuff. … Read More


During the Great Recession, he accepted an early retirement buyout offer from Sony in 2009.


2013 63 Years Old He found out about the project in December of 2013 after it was rejected by a Chicago label.” According to Williamson, “He gave me his blessing and wished me success. … Read More
2015 65 Years Old In 2015, Williamson was selected to receive ANSI's Ronald H. Brown Standards Leadership Award for his contributions to consumer electronics standards development. … Read More
2016 66 Years Old …  On June 22nd, 2016, Williamson issued an official statement for the band saying that The Stooges are no more: "The Stooges is over. … Read More
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