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My Arts: Ace of clubs

Cream's big cheese, James Barton, reveals a few of his favourite cultural things

Published on May 2nd 2007.


My Arts: Ace of clubs

James Barton, 39, started out by selling socks with his dad on a Liverpool market stall. He got the city on its well-shod feet in the late 1980s and early 1990s when he helped to kick off the acid house scene. Soon after he co-founded Cream and Creamfields. Next he is promoting The Who, The Zutons and The Coral at the Knowsley Hall Music Festival in June.

What was the last gig that you went to?LCD Sound System at Manchester Academy.

Did you pay to get in?No.

If not, why not? It a perk of the job that I get to see bands for free.

What three albums couldn't you live without?The Verve's Urban Hymns is one. OK Computer by Radiohead and Hot Fuss by The Killers are the others.

What were the first and the last records that you bought? The Jam - Start being the first, and LCD Sound System's Sound Of Silver being the last.

What was the first live band that you saw?It was The Jam at The Royal Court in Liverpool....about 1983.

What tune is running around your head at the moment? Stop Me by Mark Ronson.

Are you a Sky person or a Freeview box person?Sky +

What was the best television programme ever made?Only Fools & Horses.

And the best film? Godfather II.

What book in childhood made the biggest impression on you?“The Witch, the Lion and the Woodrobe. "

What book are you currently reading at bedtime?State Of Denial, by Bob Woodward, in which he investigates the Bush administration's conduct during the war in Iraq.

Do you go to the theatre?Rarely!

Who or what makes you laugh? Sacha Baron Cohen as Borat, or Paul Whitehouse.

Which living figures do you most admire?Steve Jobs @ Apple Corps, Tony Wadsworth, the chairman of EMI Music; Simon Moran @ SJM Concerts.

What newspapers/magazines do you read?The Sunday Times and the Daily Post. But I regularly read NME, GQ and Arena.

What word do you most like the sound of?Cream, of course.

Which websites do you visit most often? The NME website, Everton FC's and Pop Bitch.

Who or what do you listen to on the radio?Kev Seed on Radio City; Zane Lowe on Radio One and Clint Boon on XFM.

Which artistic work do you find the most moving? Adagio For Strings by Willam Barber.

What is your favourite piece of architecture in Liverpool?St George's Hall.

What is your least favourite?The white residential block at the Kings Dock.

Any good jokes?The Big Dig.

Creamfields takes place at Halton on Saturday August 25, 3pm-6am. The Knowsley Hall Music Festival runs from June 23 to June 24.

*James Barton picture (above) by Mark McNulty.

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