Live regally

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about james golding

 

“AS A KID, I REMEMBER THERE WAS NOTHING INSIDE MY FATHER’S STORE THAT DID NOT GLITTER: THE JEANS, THE SHIRTS, THE WALLS, THE PEOPLE. SILVER LIGHTS AND MUSIC PLAYED CONTINUOUSLY, AND THERE WAS NO TELLING WHICH STARS WOULD POP IN FOR HIS SEXY JEANS, JEANS WHICH FIT LIKE A SECOND SKIN.”

 
 

My father is Peter Golding, AKA "the Eric Clapton of denim": fashion designer, beat traveler, musician, and the man who created the ‘stretch denim jean” back in the 1970s.

His clothing store, ACE on London's King's Road, was once the "hottest store in the world”, dressing a generation of rock stars, actors, lords, punks and ultra-glamorous models. King's Road was city slick and chic, with cutting-edge music, art and fashion heritage. It was at the heart of the British rock and punk explosion, moving into the new wave romantic era that followed.

 

Kings Road

 

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"GROWING UP AGAINST THIS INFLUENTIAL BACKDROP, IT WAS INEVITABLE THAT I WOULD GRAB AN ELECTRIC GUITAR AND START MY ADVENTURES IN ROCK MUSIC."

 
 

I soon found myself singing and playing guitar at ACE Chelsea house jams and parties. Later, I would play at venues with my childhood heroes, including Robert Plant, Steve Marriott and Taj Mahal.

I embraced new challenges in the '90s, working with “Absolutely Fabulous” PR guru Lynne Franks to promote names like Jean-Paul Gaultier, Katharine Hamnett and John Richmond: top designers at the very height of the British fashion scene.

 
 

In a fast-moving 21st-century creative whirlwind, I was recording albums and managing live music programmes at the legendary Café de Paris with the late Prince, Van Morrison, Page and Plant, while still finding time to party like there was no tomorrow.

Everything was spiraling out of control. The more I bit into life, the more it escaped me. I had to stop.

 

California

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"I PACKED MY BAGS, LEFT LONDON, AND ARRIVED WITH JUST A SUITCASE OF DREAMS, MY VINTAGE GIBSON LES PAUL, AND AN OLD GOLDEN SILK SCARF. ALTHOUGH RIPPED AND TORN, THE SCARF WAS A TREASURED PIECE, CRYSTALLIZING THE ESSENCE OF MY HERITAGE AND EXPERIENCES FROM DAYS GONE BY.

During a break from recording an album in London, I visited my mother in LA and felt an irrepressible desire to find myself again in the pan-Pacific Californian landscape.

I became known as "the guy with the golden scarf", and that’s how I started over.

To “Live Regally” is to reach that reservoir of grace and courage that lies in the depths of our hearts. As we try to find our equilibrium in these tumultuous times, it is that reservoir which determines whether we get through to the other side in one piece, or fall miserably into the abyss.