Jamie Cook

Jamie Robert Cook (born 8 July 1985) is an English guitarist and songwriter. He is best known as the guitarist and a founding member of the indie rock band Arctic Monkeys, with whom he has recorded six studio albums.

Jamie Cook
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Jamie Cook performing in 2008
Jamie Robert Cook[1]

(1985-07-08) 8 July 1985 (age 35)
Other namesCookie
(m. 2014)
Musical career
  • Guitarist
  • songwriter
Years active2002–present
Associated actsArctic Monkeys

Arctic MonkeysEdit

Jamie Cook attended Ecclesfield Secondary School in Chapeltown, Sheffield. Originally a next door neighbour of fellow band member Alex Turner, Cook and the other band members picked up their respective instruments and formed the Arctic Monkeys in 2002. He is the son of an engineer.[citation needed]

At the start of the band's career, Cook would join Matt Helders and Andy Nicholson in backing vocals for songs such as "Fake Tales of San Francisco", but has gradually shied away from singing duties, leaving them to the other three members of the group.

Cook is considered to be the "indie music fanatic" of the group, enjoying The Smiths, The Strokes, Oasis, and Queens of the Stone Age.[5]

Cook was also instrumental in the minimal exposure of the band's sixth album, Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino, prior to its release.[6] He was also the first band member to help Turner develop the somewhat autobiographical album from a potential solo record into a bona-fide Arctic Monkeys one,[7] further indicating his behind-the-scenes importance to the band.

Personal lifeEdit

Cook began dating model Katie Downes in 2006.[8][9][10] They became engaged in 2012[11] and were married on 31 May 2014.[12] They have a son, Forrest (b. 2015), and a daughter, Bonnie (b. 2019).



When touring to promote their 2006 debut, Cook's setup was fairly simple. His main guitar was a Fender Telecaster 62 reissue. His pedals were an MXR Distortion +, Electro-Harmonix Big Muff, Electro-Harmonix Pulsar and, at least for a while, he could be seen using a T-Rex Dr. Swamp twin distortion pedal. He also had a Boss TU-2 Chromatic Tuner. His amplifier was a Hiwatt Custom 50-Watt 2×12 Combo.[13]

From 2007's Favourite Worst Nightmare onwards, he has had quite an elaborate pedalboard. The pedals used have almost changed altogether—he stuck to his MXR Distortion +, and has added an Electro-Harmonix Little Big Muff, Electro-Harmonix HOG, Electro-Harmonix Pulsar Tremolo, Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Memory Man, a Boss LS-2 Line Selector, a Guyatone sustain and an expression pedal for the HOG all this was changed to an Ernie Ball volume/pan pedal, which can be seen used when playing the Arctic Monkeys song "Nettles" live. His main guitar is now a 1975 Gibson ES-335TD. He has been seen using several different Bad Cat amplifiers, including a Bad Cat Hot Cat 30 R, in addition to his Hiwatt amplifiers. For the Suck It and See tour, a Rosewell Bluesman 30 and an Audio Kitchen Big Chopper was used.[citation needed]

On the Australia and New Zealand tour of Humbug, Cook was seen using a Fender Starcaster. His Gibson 335TD has been changed from a Frequensator tailpiece to a Bigsby. His pedalboard has changed quite considerably since the Favourite Worst Nightmare tour. It now consists of an Electro-Harmonix Pulsar (without stereo), Electro-Harmonix Memory Man, Boss RE-20, Boss TU-2, Death By Audio Fuzz Gun, Z.Vex Super Duper, Fulltone OCD, Demeter Fuzzullator, Boss LS-2, Ernie Ball VP Junior and an Electro-Harmonix Hum Debugger. He was also seen using a Gibson SG standard on stage live at Glastonbury on June 2013.[citation needed]


  1. ^ UK births, marriages, and deaths index 1985-2005
  2. ^ "Arctic Monkeys go rap - News - QTheMusic.com". News.qthemusic.com. 28 February 2007. Archived from the original on 15 July 2011. Retrieved 2 November 2011.
  3. ^ "BBC - Seven Ages of Rock "What the World Is Waiting For"". Seven Ages of Rock. 2007. Retrieved 2 March 2011.
  4. ^ "Arctic Monkeys - Intelligent indie-rock from Sheffield". Clash. Retrieved 11 March 2011.
  5. ^ [1] Archived 2 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Arctic Monkeys won't release music from new album | Metro News". Metro.co.uk. 25 April 2018. Retrieved 11 May 2020.
  7. ^ "Arctic Monkeys 'autobiographical' new album was nearly an Alex Turner solo album". Nme.com. 23 April 2018. Retrieved 11 May 2020.
  8. ^ "Arctic Monkey's get their own Yoko Ono". Daily Mirror. 1 August 2008. Retrieved 12 July 2009.
  9. ^ "Cheeky Monkey". Daily Mirror. 7 April 2007. Retrieved 18 April 2007.
  10. ^ Maxim Magazine August 2007 Cover Girl with caption "Arctic Monkey's girl naked!"
  11. ^ "Arctic Monkeys' Jamie Cook to marry long-term girlfriend Katie Downes". NME. 18 July 2012. Retrieved 10 August 2013.
  12. ^ "Loved-up Arctic Monkey marries sex kitten Page 3 model". Daily Star. 1 June 2014. Retrieved 15 August 2014.
  13. ^ "Artist Gear Feature: The Arctic Monkeys". Proaudioland.com. 18 May 2012. Retrieved 24 August 2014.