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James Dean Bradfield

James Dean Bradfield on the Manics' "Past, Present and Future" tour
Background information
Birth name James Dean Bradfield
Born 21 February 1969 (1969-02-21) (age 41)
Origin Pontypool, Wales, UK
Genres Alternative rock
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1986–present (Manic Street Preachers)
2004–present (solo)
Labels Columbia Records
Website jamesdeanbradfieldofficial.com/
Notable instruments
Gibson Les Paul Custom

James Dean Bradfield (born 21 February 1969) is the lead guitarist and vocalist for the Welsh rock band Manic Street Preachers.




Born in Pontypool, Monmouthshire, Bradfield attended the local Oakdale Comprehensive school near Blackwood where he suffered years of cruelty and bullying (he claims he was "a Woody Allen-esque little nerd") for his name, lazy eye, musical bent and small size. James formed a rather exclusive relationship with three friends: his cousin Sean Moore, who lived with James and his family throughout their childhood after his own parents' divorce, and future bandmates Nicky Wire (real name Nicholas Jones) and Richey James Edwards.

Bradfield loved to run and was a fine steeple-chaser, and soon grew fond of famous punk rock band The Clash. He there-and-then gave up his dream of "being like Napoleon" and decided that he wanted to be a rock star. He learnt to play guitar by learning how to play Guns N' Roses's Appetite for Destruction with the curtains drawn in his parents' front room.

Solo career

In late April 2006, a track from Bradfield's debut solo single entitled "That's No Way To Tell A Lie" premiered on Janice Long's show on Radio 2. It became the first single from the album and was released on 10 July while the album, entitled "The Great Western", was released on 24 July. The single debuted at #18 in the UK single charts while the album debuted at #22 on the album charts. The positions were considered relatively successful considering the lack of promotion.

In support of the album, Bradfield played a series of solo gigs in May 2006 in Manchester, Glasgow, Birmingham and London. The setlists consisted of tracks from the "The Great Western" as well as several Manics tracks including "This Is Yesterday" and "Ocean Spray". He has also played one further date in London ULU in June 2006, featuring a similar setlist to the other gigs. Bradfield also performed at the 2006 V Festival in late August. He embarked on his first full UK tour - consisting of 15 dates - in October. A second single, 'An English Gentleman' was lifted from "The Great Western" prior to the tour and entered the UK chart at #31 on 1 October 2006.

Personal life

He currently lives in Chiswick, London, England, UK but also has a house in the dock area of Cardiff, Wales, UK. Despite having said “I always get bored of the company of women really quickly,” he married Mylène Halsall in a secret ceremony in Florence, Italy on 11 July, 2004. He a fan of Nottingham Forest F.C.[1] and Cardiff Blues."[2]"

Musical equipment



Solo discography




  • "Lopez" (1996) with 808 State
  • "I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone" (1999) with Tom Jones on album Reload



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From Wikiquote

James Dean Bradfield (born 1969-02-21) is a singer and guitarist, known for his work in the Manic Street Preachers.


In Interviews etc.

  • We were all born within a mile of each other. All born in the same town. So we’ve always shared the same influences, the same language, basically, and that makes us very close. There’s no ego involved. When we formed the band, it wasn’t like, oh, I want to be the singer, or I want to be the guitarist, or I want to write the lyrics, we just found what we could do, we found what we were best at.
    • American radio interview (1995)
  • Strats always seemed like a slutty guitar -- too easy! It just lets you play it, doesn't let you discover anything about it. I sound so old now, but when I see young kids putting on a Les Paul and saying, Aww, it's very heavy... I just think, Ponce! You feel you have to drag the music out of Les Pauls. If you put heavier strings on, it's even better. You have to fight it, they're much more confrontational to the player, but I think that's good. I like the fact that they're like ballast on-stage and when you just back down they nearly take your shoulder out. I love all that...
    • Guitarist Magazine (2004)
  • To be universal you've got to stain the consciousness of the people. You've got to dig out a truth that everybody knows, but they don't want to hear, then tell it in a manner that's so articulate and so aesthetically indignant, so beautiful, that they've got to accept it back in their lives again. That's what I want to do. Touch something universal in your own language.
    • Q magazine
  • We were four dickheads from Wales. No other dickheads from Wales were making music at that point. And we were kind of pretentious beyond belief. We looked like complete and utter fucking pricks.

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