Jonny Greenwood

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Jonathan Richard Guy "Jonny" Greenwood (born 5 November 1971) is an English musician and composer best known as the lead guitarist and keyboardist of the alternative rock band Radiohead. A multi-instrumentalist, Greenwood also plays instruments including the bass guitar, piano, viola, and drums, and is a prominent player of the ondes Martenot, an early electronic instrument. He works with electronic techniques such as programming, sampling and looping, and writes music software used by Radiohead. He described his role in the band as an arranger, helping to transform singer Thom Yorke's demos into full songs. He has been named one of the greatest guitarists of all time by publications including the NME, Rolling Stone and Spin.

Greenwood was born in Oxford, England. As a boy he played in youth orchestras, and he is the only Radiohead member to have studied music theory. Along with his older brother, Radiohead bassist Colin, he attended Abingdon School, where he met the other members of Radiohead. The youngest of the group, Greenwood was the last to join, playing first keyboards and harmonica but soon becoming lead guitarist. He abandoned a degree in music when Radiohead signed to Parlophone; their debut single "Creep" was distinguished by Greenwood's aggressive guitar work, and Radiohead have gone on to achieve critical acclaim and sales of over 30 million albums.

Greenwood first composed for orchestra during the recording of Radiohead's fourth album, Kid A (2000). Subsequent Radiohead albums have featured his string and brass arrangements, and he has since composed for orchestras including the London Contemporary Orchestra and the BBC Concert Orchestra. He released his first solo work, the soundtrack for the film Bodysong, in 2003, and has since scored the films There Will Be Blood (2007), Norwegian Wood (2010), We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011), The Master (2012) and Inherent Vice (2014), working with director Paul Thomas Anderson on several occasions. He has collaborated with musicians including Israeli composer Shye Ben Tzur, singer Bryan Ferry, rapper MF Doom, and singer Frank Ocean.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2011 From Here On Out Nico Muhly, Jonny Greenwood, Richard Reed Parry; Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Edwin Outwater 1
2014 St. Carolyn by the Sea / Suite From "There Will Be Blood" Bryce Dessner / Jonny Greenwood 1
2015 Junun Shye Ben-Tzur, Jonny Greenwood and The Rajasthan Express 2

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2007 Jonny Greenwood Is the Controller Jonny Greenwood 2
2012 Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima / Popcorn Superhet Receiver / Polymorphia / 48 Responses to Polymorphia Krzysztof Penderecki / Jonny Greenwood 2

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2003 Bodysong Jonny Greenwood 3
2007 There Will Be Blood Jonny Greenwood 4
2010 Norwegian Wood Jonny Greenwood 1
2010 ノルウェイの森 Jonny Greenwood 2
2012 The Master: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Jonny Greenwood 2
2014 Inherent Vice Jonny Greenwood 3 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2004 Bodysong: Extras From the Film Jonny Greenwood 1

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