James Williamson
American musician
James Williamson
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 - almost 2 years
NEW YORK, April 6, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- James Williamson, electronics engineer, acclaimed musician, and former vice president of technical standards at Sony Electronics, has been selected by the U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day Planning Committee as the 2015 recipient of the prestigious Ronald H. Brown Standards Leadership Award. Mr. Williamson will be honored by members of the U.S. standards and conformance community during the U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day, which will be held on October 1, 2015, at the Fairmont Washington in Washington, DC. Named for the late U.S. Secretary of Commerce, the Brown award recognizes demonstrated leadership in promoting the important role of standardization in eliminating global barriers to trade. The award is presented at the U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day, an annual event which honors the U.S. standards and conformity assessment community and recognizes its efforts to promote American competitiveness in a global mark ...
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First Listen: Iggy & The Stooges, 'Ready To Die'
NPR - almost 4 years
With humor intact and the guitar loud, Ready to Die reunites Iggy Pop and guitarist James Williamson. » E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us
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Dusty Wright: Thankful For Tasty New Rock Music!
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Happy Thanksgiving. It's been a terrific month for mining new music. I caught an advance screening of Led Zeppelin's new concert movie at MoMA (and their press conference), discovered what may be my favorite album of the year, and found inspiring young musicians sharing their chops and muses with the world. With the holidays around the corner, here are some early suggestions for music very much worth sharing with friends, lovers, bosses, and family.  "You're So Great / It's All Right, Ma" Wendy James You're So Great E.P. (Cobraside) If Brit-born/NYC-based Ms. James's claim-to-fame-band Transvision Vamp was a tad too sugar-pop coated for your New Yawk punk rawk palette, not to worry. Thanks to guitarist James Williamson (Iggy Pop Stooge) and drummer James Sclavunos (Nick Cave alumnus), she's found some downtown 'tude. The A-side is a fun retro Ramones-style punk ditty, but it's the flip-side Grinderman-grind Dylan cover where it all comes together. For Zimmerman puris ...
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Logan Lynn: 'Kill for Love': An Interview With Ruth Radelet of Chromatics
Huffington Post - over 4 years
On the heels of performing at the Chanel spring/summer 2013 fashion show in Paris and the Fashion Moments 2012 party in Shanghai, and with yet another tour in Europe, the Pitchfork Music Festival in Paris, the Harvest Festival in Australia, Art Basel in Miami and a few other upcoming dates in South America, indie-electronic darlings (and Portland, Oregon hometown heroes) Chromatics are smack dab in the midst of an international meteoric rise. With their latest release, Kill for Love, Chromatics frontwoman, Ruth Radelet, has once again hypnotized fans, critics and even Karl Lagerfeld with her voice, stage presence and stunning beauty. I had a chance to catch up with my dear, talented friend Ruth this past week. Our conversation is below. Watch Chromatics "Kill for Love" Video: Ruth, thanks for chatting with me today. For some of our readers who are just hearing your band Chromatics now, how would you describe your sound? This is always a tough question for me, since o ...
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Cycling: Historic win for Rendole in Le Tour de Filipinas 1st leg
The Pinoy - almost 5 years
Photo by KC Cruz Oscar Rendole made cycling history Saturday by becoming the first Filipino to win a stage in an International Cycling Union (UCI, Union Cycliste International) race at the start of the Le Tour de Filipinas 2012 in Cagayan province. The 26-year-old Rendole, racing under Team Mail and More, outsprinted two Dutch-based riders in the opening stage of the annual racing event—a 155-kilometer distance from the municipality of Sta. Ana to Tuguegarao City. The Nueva-Ecija native, who has never won a local Tour, did not only beat the extreme summer heat but also the foreign field which is expected to dominate the four-stage international race. Rendole said the foreign teams were as prepared as they are for the summer heat making the opening stage a battle of guts and wits in the final kilometer. “Hindi na rin inalintana ng mga dayuhan ang init at sanay na sila. Nahirapan ako at nagka-cramps na sa last three kilometers pero buo ang loob ko na mapanalunan ang karerang ...
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Hammer attacker's minimum sentence increased - Perthshire Advertiser
Google News - over 5 years
In February Darren Williamson (28) was found guilty by a jury's majority verdict of murdering 50-year-old James Williamson in his home in Lewis Place, in North Muirton on March 27 or 28, last year. He was originally ordered to serve at least 14 years
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Henderson, Dean top New Zealand's long list for Worlds - Cyclingnews.com
Google News - over 5 years
For the men's U23 team, Reid named James Williamson (Pure Black), George Bennett (Trek Livestrong), Tom David (UCS Crabbe Performance) and Jason Christie (NZ U23). "We have three spots available for the road race and two for the time trial for the
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Murderer who killed uncle by setting him on fire has sentence increased - stv.tv
Google News - over 5 years
... at the Court of Criminal Appeal in Edinburgh ruled on Tuesday that the term was unduly lenient following a Crown challenge to the sentence and decided that Williamson should serve at least 17 years for the murder of his uncle James Williamson
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COURT ROUND-UP: 08-22-11 - Red Bluff Daily News
Google News - over 5 years
Brandon James Williamson was sentenced to two years and eight months in state prison for second degree burglary. Williamson was originally granted formal probation on both cases. He violated his probation when he failed to contact probation and keep
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Death notices -- Williamson, Burgos, Tapia, Tovar - Atascadero News
Google News - over 5 years
James Williamson, 81, of Atascadero died on Aug. 13, 2011, at home. Services are pending with Blue Sky Cremation Service. Michael Burgos, 53, Paso Robles on Aug. 13, 2011, at a care center. Services are pending with Blue Sky Cremation Service
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Definitive Stooges Book Updated - Gibson
Google News - over 5 years
Callwood interviewed all Stooges members, including Iggy Pop, Ron and Scott Asheton, James Williamson, Mike Watt, Steve Mackay, and Scott Thurston, and lets the band tell their own story. Callwood details the band's genesis as teenage friends in Ann
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Iggy & the Stooges' James Williamson: from rocker to executive and back again - Lights Vegas Action (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
You can leave a response or trackback to this entry By Caroline Fontein James Williamson's career as a musician has come full circle. Back in the 1970s he was a guitar player for the punk rock group Iggy & The Stooges. The group was known for their
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City Slang: Scott Asheton talks drums - Detroit Metro Times (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Four decades later, the Stooges reunited, saw guitarist Ron Asheton pass away and have continued with guitarist James Williamson. For original garage rock powerhouse Scott Asheton, it's been one hell of a bumpy ride. Think about the Stooges and it's
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Slain attorney to be honored at dedication - Fresno Business Journal
Google News - over 5 years
The gunman, James Williamson, later shot and killed himself. Soley became the first female president of the Fresno County Bar Association in 1986. In addition to serving as a judge pro tempore for Fresno Superior Court, Soley was also an active member
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Roses & Raspberries - Battle Creek Enquirer
Google News - over 5 years
... Dorothy Sloan, Estella Spates, James Williamson, Joyce Young, Marilyn Edwards, Linda Lumley, Jim Ritter, Nancy Schweitzer, Carol Sherman, Velma Laws-Clay, Sandra Neubert, Roxie Perry, Josephine Robinson, Eleanor Verlee, Christine Wine, Alana Gills,
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Seaside home plan approved - Northumberland Gazette
Google News - over 5 years
James Williamson, of the Save Beadnell Association, said: “This is the wrong development in the wrong place, irrespective of the time.” He added that in discussions in the village, the appearance of the building had been described as being like a
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Murderer who killed uncle in hammer attack before setting him on fire faces ... - stv.tv
Google News - over 5 years
Darren Williamson, 27, was jailed for life with a minimum of 14 years in prison for the murder of his relative James Williamson. Now the Crown is appealing his minimum jail term in the hopes of increasing his time behind bars
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Search Observer-Reporter - Washington Observer Reporter
Google News - over 5 years
... am Saturday at 111 White St. Disorderly conduct charge: Keith James Williamson, 44, of Houston, was placed in Washington County Jail Monday after state police twice reported to a house on Reed Avenue where Williamson was allegedly unruly and drunk
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of James Williamson
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 66
    On June 22nd, 2016, Williamson issued an official statement for the band saying that The Stooges are no more: "The Stooges is over.
    More Details Hide Details Basically, everybody's dead except Iggy and I. So it would be sort-of ludicrous to try and tour as Iggy and The Stooges when there's only one Stooge in the band and then you have side guys. That doesn't make any sense to me." Williamson also added that touring had become boring, and trying to balance the band's career as well as Pop's was a difficult task. Williamson is known primarily for his use of Gibson Les Paul Custom guitars, but he also plays other guitars live (although Les Paul Customs are his guitar of choice). Williamson says that all the songs on Raw Power were written in his London bedroom on a Gibson B-25 acoustic and the acoustic guitar used in the studio was a Martin D-28. A Vox AC30 amplifier was used for recording Raw Power and no effects pedals were used. Williamson says he plugged his Les Paul Custom into the AC30's Top Boost channel, volume at full and bass low, and played primarily on the Custom's low-output bridge humbucker pickup. Williamson often used Marshall amplifiers when playing live in the 1970s, and recently switched to Blackstar Amplification's Artisan 30 for live use. All guitars currently used onstage by Williamson are equipped with low-output, microphonic, humbucker pickups modeled after those in his original 1969 Gibson Les Paul Custom. These pickups were custom wound by Jason Lollar who reverse engineered the 1969 pickups, at the suggestion of James' touring guitar tech Derek See, and local tech Brian Michael.
  • 2015
    Age 65
    In 2015, Williamson was selected to receive ANSI's Ronald H. Brown Standards Leadership Award for his contributions to consumer electronics standards development.
    More Details Hide Details The award, named after late United States Secretary of Commerce Ron Brown, is presented as part of World Standards Day celebration.
  • 2013
    Age 63
    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.
    More Details Hide Details But it’s a hard pill to swallow when someone is doing all your songs with your band and you’re not on it. I think he’s cool with it so far. We’ll see how things progress… I hope he maintains his positive attitude.” In a subsequent interview with Rolling Stone, Pop said, “I don’t have a problem with anything, I don’t oppose anything. This statement about the ‘hard pill’ sounds kind of passive aggressive to me. The guys in the touring group have been phoning and emailing me and my rep before during and after the recordings, wondering how I felt about this. These guys are my friends and we’ve all worked together many years. I am glad someone is paying them; they are working musicians and they need to play. I want to thank all the wonderful singers on this record for covering my songs.”
  • FIFTIES
  • 2009
    Age 59
    The Stooges first reunion concert with Williamson occurred on November 7, 2009 in São Paulo, Brazil.
    More Details Hide Details The band added material from Raw Power and several of Pop's early solo albums to its repertoire. In March 2010, The Stooges were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The group's current line-up performed "Search and Destroy" with Scott Thurston. Following several additional tours (many of which included full performances of Raw Power), the band released what would become their last album, Ready to Die, on April 30, 2013 via Fat Possum Records. Produced by Williamson, the album contained ten new Pop-Williamson compositions. Re-Licked, Williamson's first studio solo album, was released by Leopard Lady Records in October 2014. Comprised entirely of much-bootlegged songs by Pop and Williamson that were written, demoed and performed by The Stooges in the immediate aftermath of Raw Power, it featured vocal contributions from Jello Biafra, Bobby Gillespie, Ariel Pink, Carolyn Wonderland and Lisa Kekaula along with performances by several members of the reunited Stooges (including bassist Mike Watt and touring drummer Toby Dammit). Pop did not participate in the project, with a representative alleging that "Iggy was never given an opportunity to participate on the album.
    To rehearse, he hooked up with local roots rock band Careless Hearts, who backed him on his first gig in 35 years at the Blank Club in San Jose, California on September 5, 2009.
    More Details Hide Details They performed a number of early Stooges songs, and also some material from the Kill City album. In June 2010, a CD + DVD combo was released of this event called James Williamson with Careless Hearts.
    Following the sudden death of Ron Asheton in 2009, Williamson rejoined The Stooges, who had toured regularly after the Fun House-era lineup reunited in 2003.
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    During the Great Recession, he accepted an early retirement buyout offer from Sony in 2009.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1997
    Age 47
    In 1997, he was hired as Sony's vice president of technical standards; in this capacity, he liaised with competitors and helped to codify nascent industry standards, most notably the Blu-ray Disc.
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    In a 1997 interview with Perfect Sound Forever, he reflected upon his relationship with Williamson at length, alleging that "James was into bad stuff.
    More Details Hide Details He wasn't into junk at that time but he fell right in line with THE EVIL PROGRAM. He was supposed to be a helper for me but he totally usurped my position and eventually, kicked me out from playing guitar." Despite these tensions, Williamson co-wrote all the songs with Pop and played all the guitar parts on the ensuing album, Raw Power (1973). He played louder and raunchier than almost anybody at the time, with a jagged high-energy approach. According to Williamson, "I was a very emotional guitar player, so I always played that way. That's how we felt, so that was what it sounded like." Asheton was less sanguine, noting that "James always loved Keith Richards and he even emulated him in his personal style and appearance. Pop finally got his Jagger-Richards. So he and Iggy were the songwriters. They wouldn't let me do nothing even though I would come up with pieces. Jim would actually almost go for something. Little suggestions I made for the tunes, little twists. Not that I did any major structural changes. But I did do pieces to enhance and I was never recognized for it or even a fuckin' 'thank you.'"
  • THIRTIES
  • 1982
    Age 32
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Immediately following his graduation from Cal Poly Pomona, Williamson moved to Silicon Valley. For the next fifteen years, he worked for Advanced Micro Devices in San Jose, California, designing products around its chips. His coworkers never inquired about his earlier career as a rock musician; in a 2010 interview with Uncut, Williamson asserted that many of his colleagues were "nerds and geeks... they don't listen to The Stooges much."
  • TWENTIES
  • 1979
    Age 29
    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."
    More Details Hide Details Although Williamson continued to work with Pop on the initial sessions for Soldier (1980) in Wales, he brandished an air pistol and began to drink vodka heavily after failing to acclimate to the singer's new band, including such luminaries as former Sex Pistols bassist Glen Matlock, Patti Smith Band multi-instrumentalist Ivan Kral and Barry Andrews of XTC. Following a squabble with Pop and David Bowie (who Williamson accused of exploiting The Stooges during the Raw Power era) over recording methods, he left the project. Subsequently, Williamson and Pop would lose touch for 16 years. Williamson reflected on the experience in 2015: "Fuck Bowie. His showing up was just the last of many frustrations with being there... In hindsight, I should have never taken that job. It was recorded in a studio I didn’t want to be in, with music that was half-baked and with musicians I didn’t respect. It was my own damned fault it didn’t work out.”
  • 1975
    Age 25
    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.
    More Details Hide Details During this period, Pop was briefly institutionalized of his own volition and Williamson was arrested for possessing heroin by the LAPD. After sustaining a finger injury during a drunken altercation at an Alice Cooper listening party, he gave up playing music professionally to work as a record producer and pursue a higher education as an electronics engineer, initially enrolling in classes at Los Angeles City College: "The Stooges was maybe my only real band and kind of a family and so when that fell apart it was difficult to go on." Looking back in 2010, Williamson said, "I gave up being a Stooge to study calculus." Throughout the late 1970s, he worked on disco sessions as a producer/engineer at Paramount Recorders in Los Angeles.
  • 1972
    Age 22
    In 1972, David Bowie offered Pop a chance to record in London; he promptly enlisted Williamson as a collaborator for the project.
    More Details Hide Details Having failed to find other suitable musicians during an intensive search, they eventually invited the Asheton brothers to join them and reformed The Stooges, with the elder Asheton reluctantly moving from guitar to bass. Although he joined the reunion, the musician would harbor a longstanding animus toward Williamson for several decades.
  • 1970
    Age 20
    He performed his first gig with the band on December 5, 1970.
    More Details Hide Details The band were by then struggling with drug problems and a lack of commercial success; despite the injection of Williamson's considerable talent and enthusiasm, the Stooges couldn't overcome their difficulties; according to Williamson, "I got hepatitis and moved back to Detroit and basically the band completely dissolved." Many of the demo recordings made during this period were belatedly issued as vinyl singles or EPs, including the proto-punk tracks "I Got A Right" and "Gimme Some Skin".
    By late 1970, Williamson joined The Stooges as a second guitarist.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1969
    Age 19
    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.
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  • 1966
    Age 16
    In the first half of 1966, Williamson was sent to a boarding school in a small town eighty miles north of New York City.
    More Details Hide Details While there, Williamson helped form and played lead guitar in the Coba Seas. During that time, the Coba Seas taped a rehearsal session, resulting in the first recordings of Williamson's guitar prowess.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1949
    Born
    Williamson was born in Castroville, Texas in 1949.
    More Details Hide Details His father died while he was young and he moved to San Antonio, Texas around the age of five. He began playing guitar in the 7th grade, while his family were living in Lawton, Oklahoma: "One summer while visiting Texas, I wound up getting a guitar because I thought it was cool. My sister was bringing home Elvis records and so I thought, 'I gotta have a guitar.' So I talked my mom into getting me one. My uncle worked for Sears, so I ended up with an old Sears f-hole guitar with action about an inch and a half off the fret board. Anyway, when I first learned to play guitar a little bit, it was just chords and stuff, but then about a year or so later we moved to the Detroit area, and it just so happened that I moved next door to a family that all played music. The son in that family, his name was Ken Black. He played electric guitar. I remember moving to Detroit—it was the summer when Martha and the Vandellas' "Heatwave" was a smash hit record. I would spend my days hanging over in his room, listening to him play and also learning how to play barre chords and things like that. By the end of that summer, I got good enough that I ended up getting my own electric guitar, which was a Fender Jaguar."
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