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Colin Greenwood

Bass player for rock band Radiohead

Colin Greenwood is ...


Born 26 June 1969 in Oxford
Age 53 years

Sex or gender male
Country of citizenship England and United Kingdom
Birth name Colin Charles Greenwood
Sibling Jonny Greenwood
Occupation guitarist and songwriter
Instrument guitar, bass guitar and bass
Genre alternative rock and electronica
Member of Radiohead
Educated at Peterhouse and Abingdon School

About Colin Greenwood

Colin Greenwood, the bass player for Radiohead, was born on June 26, 1969, in Oxford, England. He grew up in a musical family, with his father being a jazz musician and his mother a classical cellist. Colin started playing bass in his teens and formed a band with his younger brother, Jonny.

In 1985, Colin and Jonny met Thom Yorke, Ed O'Brien, and Phil Selway while attending Abingdon School. They formed a band called On a Friday, which later became Radiohead. Colin's bass playing is a crucial part of Radiohead's sound, providing a solid foundation for the band's experimental and often complex arrangements.

Over the years, Colin has become known for his innovative use of effects pedals and his ability to create unique sounds on his bass. He has also contributed to the band's songwriting, co-writing several tracks on their albums.

Outside of Radiohead, Colin has collaborated with other musicians, including Scott Walker, PJ Harvey, and R.E.M. He is also an advocate for environmental causes and has worked with organizations such as Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace.

In a Rolling Stone interview, Colin spoke about the band's creative process, saying, "We're always trying to find new ways of making music, new ways of expressing ourselves. It's not always easy, but it's always exciting."

Colin Greenwood's bass playing has been a vital part of Radiohead's sound for over three decades. His innovative approach to the instrument and his contributions to the band's songwriting have helped make them one of the most influential and beloved rock bands of all time.


- Rolling Stone. "Radiohead's Colin Greenwood: My Life in 15 Songs." Rolling Stone, 22 June 2017,

- The Guardian. "Colin Greenwood: 'We're Always Trying to Find New Ways of Making Music'." The Guardian, 3 May 2017,

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