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Jason Andrew Pierce[1] (born 19 November 1965 in Rugby) is an English musician. Currently the frontman and sole permanent member of the band Spiritualized, he previously co-fronted alternative rock band Spacemen 3 with Peter Kember from 1982 until 1991. He has worked under the name J. Spaceman.

Jason Pierce
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Jason Pierce, 1998
Background information
Birth nameJason Andrew Pierce
Also known asJ. Spaceman
Born (1965-11-19) 19 November 1965 (age 53)
OriginRugby, England
GenresAlternative rock, space rock, neo-psychedelia, art rock, experimental rock
Occupation(s)Musician, singer-songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, bass, piano, keyboards, percussion, banjo, dulcimer, autoharp, harmonica
Years active1982–present
Associated actsSpiritualized, Spacemen 3

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MusicEdit

In between his work with Spiritualized and Spacemen 3, Pierce has been active with a network of free jazz players and improvisers, collaborating with acclaimed artists, including Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Dr. John, Primal Scream, Daniel Johnston, and Yoko Ono among others.

In 2006, Pierce released his first solo album, Guitar Loops, a limited release on Coxon and Wales's Treader record label. Also in 2006, he composed the original score for an art installation called "Silent Sound"[2] by British artists Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard. The live performance at St. George's Hall in Liverpool was recorded and released as a limited edition signed and numbered CD. A second performance of Silent Sound took place in 2010 as part of the AV Festival, at Middlesbrough Town Hall. A second limited edition signed and numbered CD was released.

Between 6 and 8 February 2007, Pierce performed in a series of benefit concerts for the HOPING Foundation for Palestinian children.

He provided some of the soundtrack for some of Harmony Korine's 2007 film, Mister Lonely.

In July 2008 Pierce sat down for an interview with NPR before a concert at the 9:30 Club in Washington DC. Both the interview and the concert can be heard on the NPR website.[3]

He released a collaboration with Matthew Shipp entitled Spaceshipp on the Treader label in 2008.

Pierce has worked on various solo projects, including the remixing of singles by LFO, Global Communication, and the 22-20's.

His song "Lay It Down Slow" was used for the finale of the hit US drama series Prison Break.

In 2015 he played guitar on the Ariel Pink song "Dayzed Inn Daydreams".[4]

Personal lifeEdit

Jason lives with his partner and two children in the East End of London.[5]

Pierce was seriously ill with pneumonia in 2005.[6] Both his lungs had filled with liquid, and the 5'11 (180 cm) musician's weight plunged to seven stone (44.5 kg, 98 lbs) and his heart stopped beating twice.[7]

In an early 2012 interview,[8] Jason mentions he had been under chemotherapy during the recordings of the 2012 Spiritualized album Sweet Heart Sweet Light. He does not specify the diagnosis for this treatment, but he jokes about it, saying that these are drugs he does not recommend to anybody.

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