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James Iha

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26, 1968
Chicago, IL
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26, 1968 (age 53)
Chicago, IL


Guitarist and co-founder of the alternative rock band Smashing Pumpkins, he also helped form the supergroup Tinted Windows. He is also a member of A Perfect Circle.

Before Fame

He met Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan at a record store. Corgan had already imagined a fictional band named Smashing Pumpkins.


After Smashing Pumpkins broke up in 2000, he wrote a well-received book of poetry and made a less popular introspective rock album.

Family Life

He dedicated his song "For Martha" to his mother and named his label, Martha's Music, after her.

Associated With

He was a consultant to Marilyn Manson for one of his albums and also collaborated with David Bowie, among many others.