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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 5 November 1971Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, UK
Birth NameJonathan Richard Guy Greenwood
Height 5' 11¼" (1.81 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Jonny Greenwood was born on November 5, 1971 in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England as Jonathan Richard Guy Greenwood. He has been married to Sharona Katan since 1995. They have three children.

Spouse (1)

Sharona Katan (1995 - present) (3 children)

Trade Mark (3)

Long bangs covering his face
Wearing a doctor prescribed wrist brace due to his aggressive guitar playing behaviour.
Fender Telecaster

Trivia (17)

Member of Radiohead (Lead guitar, Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Recorder, Sound Effects)
Brother of Radiohead bass player Colin Greenwood.
Originally recruited by Radiohead on harmonica.
Has played a Sunburst Fender Telecaster for the last 12 years.
His brother Colin is the only person that calls him Jonathan and not Jonny.
Is a vegetarian, like fellow Radiohead member front man Thom Yorke
Is color blind
Arranges all the orchestral music heard with Radiohead and also plays most of the unusual instruments that have turned up on their records through the years (including the glockenspiel, toms, banjo, accordion and even a portable radio).
Trained as a violist.
Was ranked number 59 on Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time".
Married to Sharona and has son Tamir and daughter Omri.
Is one of very few players of the "ondes Martenot", an early electronic instrument, used prominently by French composers like Olivier Messiaen and Arthur Honegger. The ethereal sounds of the ondes Martenot can be heard on the "Kid A", "Amnesiac", "Hail to the Thief", and "In Rainbows" albums.
He has son Zohar,who was born in February 2008.
Was nominated for Breakout Composer of the Year in 2007 by the International Film Music Critics Association (IFMCA).
Touring with Radiohead, promoting their new album, In Rainbows. [June 2008]
On tour with band Radiohead promoting their sixth album, Hail to the Thief. [October 2003]
Radiohead album sleeves in the 1990s used to credit him as playing "abusive guitar" and Ed O'Brien with playing "polite guitar".

Personal Quotes (4)

I think guitarists are really over-admired and over-revered. I don't mind when people are telling me about their 1971 Firebird, but it's the same thing as people telling me about their car or something. It's fine if you have an interest. By talking with me though, you could be interviewing a novelist about guitars. It's the same thing, except I don't write that well either. I like my guitar and I enjoy playing it.
Most prog is awful. I've got it into my head that prog rock must be good because it attracted a lot of fans. But so far, I've just trawled through fairly tedious Genesis albums.
At least we played well. But I don't think the irony was lost on people. All these gorgeous, bikinied girls shaking their mammary glands, and we're playing Creep and looking terrible.
Jamaican reggae is the style of music I always reach for when ranting to friends about how you could listen to one style of music exclusively for the rest of your life - and it would all be great and varied and worth hearing.

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