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also known as Jonny Buckland


Jonathan Mark "Jonny" Buckland is an English musician, best known as the lead guitarist of the band Coldplay.


He was a student at Ysgol y Waun and Alun School.

He studied astronomy and mathematics at University College London.


While at University College London, he met his future band mates—Chris Martin, Guy Berryman Will Champion and Phil Harvey —and formed Coldplay. Buckland, along with Martin, worked as a school janitor.

Buckland has guested on Ian McCulloch's solo album Slideling and made a cameo appearance with band mate Chris Martin in the film Shaun of the Dead.

Buckland largely uses the Telecaster Thinline 72' as his primary electric guitar, as seen mainly in the albums Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends, X&Y, and Mylo Xyloto. Buckland uses the Fender Stratocaster for his secondary guitar, but he has made clear that the Telecaster series is his favorite. Buckland's guitar style is mainly based on U2's The Edge's guitar sound, which consists mainly of ringing, conservative notation, various amps and distorters, and musical rawness. Buckland's guitar-playing style has inspired many other bands to adopt a similar technique, such as The Fray's Joe King, The Killers, and Pat Monahan from Train on some songs. The Edge himself stated in an interview at Glastonbury: "[Jonny Buckland] is an inspiration to guitar players everywhere, and I am proud to know that I was one of his main influences. (laughs) It makes me feel like a real rock star."


  • Musician: (albums) Parachutes, 2000 (Grammy award for Best Alternative Music Album, 2001), A Rush of Blood to the Head, 2002 (Grammy award for Best Alternative Music Album, 2002), Live 2003, 2003, X&Y, 2005 (Juno award for Best International Album, 2006), Love, Actually, 2006, Viva La Vida, 2008 (Grammy award for Rock Album of Year, 2009), (songs) In My Place, 2002 (Grammy award for Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal, 2002), Clocks, 2002 (Grammy award for Record of Year, 2003), Speed of Sound, 2005 (Music Television Europe award for Best Song, 2005), Viva La Vida, 2008 (Song of Year and Best Group Pop Vocal Performance, Grammy Awards, 2009)


  • Sport & Clubs


  • Athletes

    Tottenham Hotspur F.C.

  • Other Interests

    Buckland was a vegetarian for some time, but eventually gave up after spending some time in Japan and, after not being able to communicate that he didn't eat meat, was served beef and found that he really liked it.

  • Music & Bands