Dylan John Jones OBE (born 1960) is an English journalist and author who has served as editor of the UK version of men's fashion and lifestyle magazine GQ since 1999. He has held senior roles with several other publications, including editor of magazines i-D and Arena, and has contributed weekly columns to newspapers The Independent and The Mail on Sunday. Jones has penned multiple books.
Education and early career
Jones was born in Ely, Cambridgeshire. He attended Chelsea School of Art and then Saint Martin's School of Art in London where he studied graphic design, film and photography. He began his career in journalism at i-D magazine in 1983, becoming Editor in 1984 before moving to Arena in 1987 to serve as Editor. At that same time, he was also a Contributing Editor at The Face, writing cover stories on individuals including Jean Paul Gaultier and Neneh Cherry. Following that, he worked as associate editor of The Observer magazine when it was relaunched with Simon Kelner in 1992, and then moved to The Sunday Times where he held various positions.
In 1999, Jones moved to Condé Nast and took over GQ. He is credited with bringing in a roster of high-quality writers, including Dominic Lawson, Will Self, A.A. Gill, Ed Victor and Tom Wolfe, as well as taking the magazine in a more political direction. He hired Boris Johnson as the magazine's car correspondent. GQ was also the first magazine to feature David Cameron on its cover, soon after he became leader of the Conservative Party.
Since Jones joined GQ, the magazine has won 34 awards. Having won the BSME Men's Editor of the Year Award six times during his tenure at GQ, Jones was also recognised for the Brand Building Initiative of the Year 2007 for the annual GQ Men of the Year Awards. At the BSME Awards 2012, he received the Mark Boxer Award for lifetime achievement, honouring him not only for his work on GQ but for his entire career in journalism.
Jones had a weekly column in the magazine supplement of The Mail on Sunday.
In 2010, Jones collaborated with David Bailey on British Heroes in Afghanistan, a celebration of British fighting heroes in Afghanistan, both inside Camp Bastion and outside, with sales benefiting the charity Help for Heroes. Jones is Vice President of Hay Festival, and is also co-chair of the 2011 Norman Mailer Benefit Gala Dinner, being held in New York City. He was Chairman of the Prince's Trust's Fashion Rocks Monaco, in 2007 and, in 2012, was appointed the Chair of the 2012 Menswear Committee by the British Fashion Council, helping to organise Britain's first London Collections: Men.
Jones has written biographies of musician Jim Morrison and fashion designer Paul Smith and two anthologies of journalism. He is the author of the book, iPod Therefore I Am: A Personal Journey Through Music documenting his musical tastes and how the iPod music player has transformed it. His book Mr Jones' Rules for the Modern Man is an etiquette guide containing advice on how a modern man should behave. It has since been published in 15 countries. Published in August 2008 by Fourth Estate, Cameron on Cameron: Conversations with Dylan Jones was based on a series of interviews with the Conservative Party leader over the course of a year. It was shortlisted for the Channel 4 Political Book of The Year.
In 2012, Jones wrote three books, When Ziggy Played Guitar: David Bowie and Four Minutes that Shook the World, The Biographical Dictionary of Popular Music and From the Ground Up: U2 360° Tour Official Photobook. The following year, Jones wrote The Eighties: One Day, One Decade, which was published by Preface Publishing in June 2013. The book is partly autobiographical and partly cultural and political history which charts the story of the Eighties through Live Aid in 1985.
In 2018, Jones wrote for The Guardian, "Though in 2008 I 'came out' as a Tory, today I wouldn't describe myself as a Conservative." He described "the thought of Jacob Rees-Mogg being taken seriously by the electorate" as "frightening" but was more critical of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, saying his attitude to antisemitism in the party was "insulting". Jones was a prominent supporter of the London Garden Bridge Project. In 2017, he expressed criticism of Jeremy Corbyn and his demeanour during a British GQ cover shoot.
- Jim Morrison: Dark Star by Dylan Jones, published by Bloomsbury, September 1990.
- Paul Smith True Brit by Dylan Jones, published 1995.
- Meaty, Beaty, Big & Bouncy and Sex, Power and Travel both anthologies published 1996.
- iPod, Therefore I Am by Dylan Jones, published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson, June 2005.
- Mr Jones' Rules for the Modern Man by Dylan Jones, published by Hodder & Stoughton, October 2006.
- Cameron on Cameron: Conversations with Dylan Jones by Dylan Jones, published by Fourth Estate, August 2008.
- Heroes by David Bailey and Dylan Jones, published by Thames & Hudson, October 2010.*
- When Ziggy Played Guitar: David Bowie and Four Minutes that Shook the World, published by Preface Publishing, 2012.
- The Biographical Dictionary of Popular Music, published by Bedford Square Books, 2012
- From the Ground Up: U2 360° Tour Official Photobook, published by Preface Publishing, 2012.
- The Eighties: One Day, One Decade, published by Preface Publishing, June 2013
- Jones, Dylan (2014). Elvis has left the building : the day the King died. London: Duckworth Overlook.
- David Bowie: A Life by Dylan Jones, published by Crown Archetype, 2017.
- The Wichita Lineman: Searching in the Sun for the World's Greatest Unfinished Song, by Dylan Jones, published by Faber & Faber, July 2019.
- Sweet Dreams: The Story of the New Romantics, By Dylan Jones, published by Faber and Faber, 2020.
Essays and reporting
- "Diary". The Spectator. 312 (9464): 9. 2010-01-16. Archived from the original on 2013-04-21. Retrieved 2 November 2010.
Critical studies and reviews of Jones' work
- Wallen, Doug (Sep 2014). "A piece of Elvis". Australian Book Review. 364: 37. Review of Elvis has left the building.
- Frost, Vicky (1 June 2009). "Interview with GQ editor Dylan Jones". The Guardian. Retrieved 4 August 2014.
- Rob Sharp (2008). Central Saint Martins: The art and soul of Britain. The Independent, Saturday 19 April 2008. Accessed July 2013.
- "No. 60534". The London Gazette (Supplement). 15 June 2013. p. 11.
- Bainbridge, Luke (8 July 2013). "The Eighties: One Day, One Decade by Dylan Jones – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 December 2015.
- Jones, Dylan (11 August 2018). "Dylan Jones: 'I was beaten and locked under the stairs by my father'". The Guardian. Retrieved 5 March 2021.
- Myers, Rupert (10 June 2015). "Rupert Myers: Why The Nimbys Should Stop Whinging About The Garden Bridge". British GQ. Retrieved 25 June 2015.
- "GQ editor Dylan Jones criticises cover star Jeremy Corbyn". BBC News. 1 December 2017. Retrieved 4 February 2018.
- Street-Porter, Janet (1 December 2017). "GQ's editor Dylan Jones was foolish to criticise the magazine's latest cover star, Jeremy Corbyn". The Independent. Retrieved 4 February 2018.