Jamie Cook (Arctic Monkeys)

Best known as the lead guitarist and a founding member of the indie rock band Arctic Monkeys, Jamie Cook was born 8 July 1985. Originally he lived next to fellow band member, Alex Turner with who he formed the Arctic Monkeys in 2001. He is the most outspoken member of the Arctic Monkeys saying he hates the press and defending the band’s numerous successive records. Following the release of their debut album, Cook Wanted the Arctic Monkeys to grow like The Clash. When they started, it was a very basic, punky record. Then they started to take off and move in lots of directions. Cook has a residence in the Sheffield area along with fellow band member, Helders. He has been described as “the bullishly confident blue-collar lad” of the group.

Arctic Monkeys Were formed in 2002 in High Green, a suburb of Sheffield. The band consists of Alex Turner (lead vocals, rhythm/lead guitar), Matt Helders (drums, vocals), Jamie Cook (lead/rhythm guitar) and Nick O’Malley (bass, backing vocals). Former band member Andy Nicholson (bass guitar, backing vocals) left the band in 2006 shortly after their debut album was released.

At the start of the band’s career, Cook Matt Helders and Andy Nicholson would sang backing vocals for songs such as “Fake Tales of San Francisco”, but Cook has gradually shied away from singing duties, leaving them to the other three members of the group. Cook is also considered to be the “indie music fanatic” of the group. Armed with the likes of musical tastes for bands such as The Smiths, The Strokes, Oasis, and Queens of the Stone Age, Arctic Monkeys were heralded as one of the first bands to come to public attention via the Internet, with commentators suggesting they represented the possibility of a change in the way in which new bands are promoted and marketedCook supposedly turned the band into what it is today.

They have so far released five studio albums: Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not (2006), Favourite Worst Nightmare (2007), Humbug (2009), Suck It and See (2011) and AM (2013), as well as one live album, At the Apollo (2008). Their debut album is the fastest-selling debut album by a band in British chart history, and in 2013, Rolling Stone ranked it the 30th-greatest debut album of all time.

The band has won seven Brit Awards – winning both Best British Group and Best British Album three times, and have been nominated for three Grammy Awards. They also won the Mercury Prize in 2006 for their debut album, in addition to receiving nominations in 2007 and 2013. The band have also headlined at the Glastonbury Festival twice, in 2007 and again in 2013.


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