Born in Pontypool, Monmouthshire, Bradfield attended the local Oakdale Comprehensive School near Blackwood where he suffered years of cruelty and bullying (he claims he was "a Woody Allen-esque little nerd") for his name (Nicknamed Crossfire), lazy eye, musical bent and small size. James formed a close relationship with three friends: his cousin Sean Moore, who lived with James and his family throughout their childhood after his own parents' divorce, and future bandmates Nicky Wire (real name Nicholas Jones) and Richey James Edwards.
Bradfield loved to run and was a steeple-chaser, and soon grew fond of famous punk rock band The Clash. He gave up his dream of "being like Napoleon" and decided that he wanted to be a rock star. He learnt to play guitar by learning how to play Guns N' Roses's Appetite for Destruction with the curtains drawn in his parents' front room.
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Posted By: Wrangler |
6/13/12 1:41 PM
Its so hard to imagine your rock idols being bullied ever because they are so cool now but life is long and you never know how people grew up.