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Jon Wilde

Sabotaging since 2 Feb 2010

Kidnapped by gypsies in infancy, JON WILDE was all set for a career as a professional footballer until a painful toe injury put paid to all that. Instead he has enjoyed a long and varied career in journalism, specialising in interviews with the world’s leading hell-raisers including Dennis Hopper, Richard Harris, George Best, Keith Richards and Harvey Keitel. Along the way he managed to get duffed up by Hurricane Higgins and Keith Floyd. Jon’s favourite interview moment occurred when TV playwright Dennis Potter compared him to, “the young Brian Clough when he was knocking in goals for Middlesbrough.” Now 48, Jon lives in Hove with his son William, his dog Banjo and his cat Bilbo. (Jon's pic by Michael Birt).

My Articles

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Life

Happy St. George’s Day: If It Wasn’t For The Welsh, We’d All Be French

As you celebrate Judd the dragon slayer, spare a thought for the Welsh lass who saved our bacon back in 1797…

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Funny

Is Milford Haven Britain’s Strangest Town?

It is often remarked that it is a hotbed of incestuous behaviour. It’s actually quite rare, it’s bestiality that’s all the rage…

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Music

This Is What It’s Like To Have Lunch With Leonard Cohen

One of the finest talents of modern music, Leonard Cohen has enjoyed something of a resurgence in later life. I got the opportunity to pick the great man’s brain on everything from love to the human condition…

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Music

PJ Proby: Entertainer, Legend, Madman

PJ Proby is a survivor of the first era of rock and roll who was blacklisted for splitting his trousers but refused to shuffle off and die quietly.

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People

Kitchen Confrontational

You think Gordon Ramsey swears a lot, he’s got nothing on Keith Floyd. The boisterous chef was on vintage form in this ace Loaded interview from 1996. He even punches the writer…

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Books

Bully Beef & Boiled Sweets: 200 Years Of Feeding The British Forces

Had your fill of Delia Smith, Jamie Oliver and Gordon Ramsay? On the look out for a different kind of cook book? Bully Beef And Boiled Sweets might just be the answer.

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Football

George Best: Vintage Interview With Manchester United Legend, Part 1

The first time I met Manchester United legend George Best was in London’s Cavendish hotel in 1984, but I’d been dreaming about meeting him for years…

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People

Sir Chay Blyth: From The Factory To The High Seas

Not only is Sir Chay Blyth one of the world’s best-known yachtsmen, he is universally regarded as one of the bravest. Born 1940 in the Scottish town of Hawick, he decided from an early age that the humdrum world was not for him and that he was better suited to a life of adventure.

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Film

On The Piss With Oliver Reed

Olly Reed was one of the greatest hell raisers of all time and before he died I was lucky enough to join him on a boozy bender in Minsk.

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Film

Frank Serpico: The True Story of the Corruption Busting Cop

Frank Serpico was the New York Cop who blew the whistle on police corruption, survived an assassination attempt and was played by Al Pacino but whatever happened to the man who would only shoot straight?

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How Marlon Brando Invented Rock’n'Roll

On the afternoon of July 2nd 2004 I was, like everyone else, absorbing the news that Marlon Brando had passed away the previous day. Then the phone went. On the line was a friend whose love for Brando’s best work burned as intensely as my love for Brando’s best work.

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Music

Keith Richards Interviewed

Long before Johnny Depp based Captain Jack on him, Keith Richards was just the pirate blues chief of the Rolling Stones. And not averse to the odd frank conversation about sex…

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Fashion & Style

A Brief History Of
The T-shirt

You can always judge a man by the t-shirt he wears. Brando made them cool, Che Guevara became ubiquitous and bands used them as a marketing device. I love them…

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Food and Drink

2012: The Year That Food Went Mad

Once upon a time, food was a simple matter. Sweet was sweet, savoury was savoury and never the twain shall meet. Last year, everything changed…

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Music

The Art of The Fall

You never know what you’re going to get with Mark E Smith. Having been commissioned to interview him for the posh arts magazine Frieze, myself and novelist Michael Bracewell headed up on the train to Manchester in August 1992 to meet The Fall front-man.

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People

Face To Face With
Dennis Potter

It’s 25 years since Dennis Potter’s masterpiece, The Singing Detective, premiered on the BBC. This vintage interview from 1986 shows Dirty Dennis to be in fine fettle…

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Books

The Sopranos, The Wire & Breaking Bad: The Ultimate Book

If you like your HBO dramas, OZ, Deadwood, Buffy, 24 this is the book that examines the explosion of superb modern TV drama

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Music

Duke Vin And The Birth Of Ska

Duke Vin & The Birth Of Ska is an ace new documentary that explains how one man’s fierce passion for Jamaican music helped bring ska to the masses. We talked to the director about Duke, ska and the West London scene…

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Music

Gene’s Martin Rossiter Interviewed: “Pulp And Blur Can F*ck Off To Butlins”

The enigmatic frontman always hated being bundled in with the Britpop bands, but not as much as he hates them all reforming…

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Music

Boy With The Safety Pin Stuck In His Heart

Patrik Fitzgerald, once described as “the new Bob Dylan” is the punk hero who refused to go pop. He’s just released a new record and it’s his best yet.

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Life

F is For Freedom

From the Rumble In The Jungle and Potato Head Blues to The Great Escape and your first paycheque. Our man defines his greatest tastes of freedom.

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Music

Kevin Rowland:
Classic Interview

A huge in-depth interview with Dexys’ frontman from 1999

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Music

Eating Cheese Sandwiches With Roy Orbison

Shortly before his death in 1988, the great Roy Orbison talked about his sudden rise to fame, overcoming his shyness and and that growl on ‘Pretty Woman’.

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Music

Sex, Songs And The Stones: An Interview With Marshall Chess, Part 1

One of the most famous and resonant names in the music industry, Marshall Chess has a Zelig-like knack for being in the right place at exactly the right time. Here he reels back through his rampantly incident-packed past in this rare, exclusive and definitive interview with Jon Wilde.

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Music

Crazy Heart: Ryan Bingham On Riding Bulls, Racing Mice And Raising Hell, Part-One

Three years ago, Ryan Bingham’s music career was going nowhere in a hurry. After a long, arduous life on the road, he was reduced to playing slummy, low-life dives, second on the bill to organised rodent-racing. Eighteen months later he was picking up an Oscar for Best Original Song (for The Weary Kind from Crazy Heart).

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Music

Crazy Heart: Ryan Bingham On Riding Bulls, Racing Mice And Raising Hell, Part-Two

Ryan Bingham regales me with tales of his uproarious hell-raising, working with Jeff Bridges and explains how he managed to emerge from rank oblivion to become music’s next big thing.

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Football

Manchester United Legend George Best Revisited On The Eve Of The Champions League Final, Part Two

Six years after my first meeting with the Manchester United legend, the George Best I encountered in the Phene Arms in 1990 was an entirely different character. Maudlin, bitter, and talking of the boozy brawls that had become commonplace…

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Film

Veronica Echegui interview

Looks like Penelope Cruz, acts like her too, but Veronica Echegui is more of a live-wire than her amigo could ever be. A seafood dress sense, fleeing the cops and naked interviews – all in a day’s work for this sizzling Spaniard.

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Music

My Date with Smokey

On his seventieth birthday William ‘Smokey’ Robinson grants exclusive access to Jon Wilde to talk cocaine, the roots of Motown and why The Stones still kick ass

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Football

Stan Bowles, Chopper Harris and Charlie George on the Glory Days, Pt 1

When you get two fancy dans and a hatchet man together in a room what happens? Well, at first oceans of booze and some rum tales of the 70s. Then Charlie George threatened to kneecap me…

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Music

Sex, Songs And The Stones: An Interview With Marshall Chess, Part 2

One of the most famous and resonant names in the music industry, Marshall Chess has a Zelig-like knack for being in the right place at exactly the right time. Here he reels back through his rampantly incident-packed past in this rare, exclusive and definitive interview with Jon Wilde.

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Football

Stan Bowles, Chopper Harris and Charlie George on the Glory Days, Part 2

Part two of this 1995 classic sees the lads chat turn to drugs, women, playing abroad and why Brian Clough was a grade one lunatic.

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