Jonh Ingham

Jonh Ingham (born 1951) is an English entrepreneur who has worked in music journalism, pop band and night club management, advertising, internet application development and management consultancy. In the mid-1970s he worked for the British pop music newspaper Sounds, and was a key journalist in the development of the punk rock pop and fashion music movement in the United Kingdom, when he published the first press interview with its pre-eminent act The Sex Pistols.

Jonh Ingham
Jonh Ingham in 2013 at Przystanek Woodstock.
John Ingham
OccupationMusic journalist, entrepreneur, director
Years active1970–

Early lifeEdit

Ingham was born in Australia to English parents, and grew up in Australia, Canada, and the USA. He received his formal education at South Eugene High School, Eugene, Oregon, and at the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles, where he took a course in pop music criticism from Village Voice's Robert Christgau, who helped Ingham his get first work as a journalist. While he was still in college his articles appeared in Rolling Stone, Creem, and other contemporary magazines. With Greg Shaw he was instrumental in launching the influential music fanzine Who Put The Bomp.[1][2]


Moving to London in 1972 to study at the London International Film School, he was employed as a freelance writer for the New Musical Express, and other London-based pop music magazines, before joining the staff of Sounds.[3] From 1975 to 1977 he wrote high-profile interviews with The Rolling Stones, Jimmy Page, Roxy Music, Tangerine Dream and Queen, and was one of the first journalists to champion London's punk music movement, being the first journalist to hold interviews with the Sex Pistols,[4] and publish gig reviews of The Damned and The Clash.[5][6]

In early 1977 he left journalism to become co-manager of the pop-punk band Generation X for a year,[7] before relocating back to Los Angeles to work in the film industry. In 1980 he returned to pop music as the manager of the band The Go-Go's, the act becoming a leading attraction in L.A.'s local music scene under Ingham's influence, leading to it being signed by I.R.S. Records.[8] Ingham started the Fake Club in 1982, the first of LA's many “temporary” nightclubs that were a part of the city's nightlife in the 1980s, before he relocated to Tokyo in Japan in 1985 to work in advertising, becoming fluent in Japanese.

Back in London, from 1996–1998 he was CompuServe's Head of Content. In 2000, as Head of Content at music startup 'Worldpop', he created Europe's first content service for mobile phones. From 2001–2006 he was O2's Head of Content.[9] Since 2012 he's held the post of the Director of the management consultancy 'The Archer Business Group'.[10]

In 2017 Ingham published the book Spirit of '76 - London Punk Eyewitness, detailing the inception of the Punk Rock movement in the United Kingdom.[11][12]


  • 'Spirit of '76 - London Punk Eyewitness' (2017).


  1. ^ 'Feeling the Spirit of '76', interview with Jonh Ingham, 'Punk' website (2017).
  2. ^ Profile of Jonh Ingham, 'Rock's Back' (2019).
  3. ^ Savage, Jon (1991). England's Dreaming: Sex Pistols and Punk Rock. Faber. p. 160. ISBN 0-571-16791-8.
  4. ^ 'Rare Photos of the 1970s British Punk Scene', interview with Jonh Ingham. '' magazine, 26 April 2017.
  5. ^ 'God Save the Sex Pistols', interview with Jonh Ingham, published Sex Pistols official website, February 2012.
  6. ^ Savage (1991)
  7. ^ 'Dancing With Myself', by Billy Idol (Pub. Simon & Schuster, 2014).
  8. ^ Profile of Jonh Ingham, 'Rock's Back' (2019).
  9. ^ Career profile of Ingham on 'Linkedin'.website (2019).
  10. ^ Profile of Ingham on Archer Business Group's website (2019).
  11. ^ 'Spirit of '76 - London Punk Eyewitness' (Pub. Anthology Editions, 2017).
  12. ^ 'Photos of the faces of Punk before they were famous', interview with Jonh Ingham, 'Dazed', 12 May 2017.

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