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Jonny Buckland

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Jonathan Mark Buckland (born 11 September 1977) in Islington, London, and lived there until the age of four, when his family moved to Pantymwyn, North Wales. He started playing the guitar at the age of eleven.

His musical influences include The Stone Roses, Ride, George Harrison and My Bloody Valentine, while being encouraged by his elder brother Tim. He was a student at Ysgol y Waun and Alun School, the latter located in the Welsh town of Mold; moving on to study astronomy and mathematics at University College London, where he also met his future band mates—Chris Martin, Guy Berryman and Will Champion—and formed Coldplay. While at University College London, Buckland, along with Martin, worked as a school janitor.

Buckland is noted for his sparse arrangements and use of slide. His stylistic chiming and ringing sound have led to some comparisons with the playing of U2’s The Edge.

Chris Martin often refers to him as “Jonny Boy” during live concerts, particularly if Buckland is about to do a solo or a long riff. Martin has said, “There would be no Coldplay music without Jonny Buckland.” The affection between Martin and Buckland is often evident during live concerts and interviews. Buckland is godfather to Martin’s daughter, Apple, along with Simon Pegg. He is a fan of Tottenham Hotspur F.C.

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