Hollie Cook

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Hollie Cook
Hollie Cook in concert Brussels 20190124-1.jpg
Hollie Cook in concert in Brussels, 2019.
Background information
Born1987 (age 31–32)
West London, England[1]
GenresReggae, roots reggae, dub, reggae pop, post-punk
Instrumentsvoice, keyboard
Years active2006–present
LabelsMr. Bongo
Associated actsThe Slits

Hollie Cook (born 1987, West London, England)[2] is a British singer and keyboardist. She was a part of the last line-up of all-female punk/reggae band The Slits. From 2010, Cook has also had a career as solo artist working with producer and songwriter Prince Fatty. In 2011 she released her first and self-titled reggae album Hollie Cook. She calls her own music "tropical pop", and has a passion for reggae and female rocksteady and reggae singers, such as Janet Kay and Phyllis Dillon, combined with classic 1960s girl groups.[3][4]


Hollie Cook in concert in Brussels, 2019

Hollie Cook is the daughter of Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook. Her mother Jeni was a backing singer for Culture Club and Boy George is her godfather.[4][5] She is of paternal English and maternal West Indian descent.

Hollie Cook joined the re-formed Slits and performed on the band's 2006 EP Revenge of the Killer Slits.[6] She went on to collaborate with Ian Brown and Jamie T, and recorded her self-titled debut album in 2011 with Mike "Prince Fatty" Pelanconi, featuring George Dekker of The Pioneers and Dennis Bovell.[6] The BBC, reviewing the album described it as "one of the most enjoyable reggae albums of 2011 so far".[6] She went on to record a radio session for the BBC and appear on Later... with Jools Holland. De Telegraaf gave the album a four star review.[7]

In 2012, she was chosen as one of the support acts for The Stone Roses' reunion shows.[8]

A dub remix version of her debut album was released in May 2012.[9][10]

She also featured on the 2012 Q covers album of Amy Winehouse's Back To Black, Back To Back To Black, covering "You Know I'm No Good".

Her second album proper, Twice, was funded via PledgeMusic and was released in May 2014.[11] A third album, Vessel of Love, was released in January 2018.

Cook describes her music as 'tropical pop'.[10][12]



Dub albums[edit]

  • Prince Fatty Presents Hollie Cook in Dub (2012), Mr. Bongo (dub-version of Hollie Cook)


  • "Body Beat"
  • "Walking in the Sand"
  • "That Very Night"
  • "For Me You Are" – Prince Fatty & Hollie Cook
  • "Tiger Balm"
  • "Survive"
  • "Sweet like Chocolate"


  1. ^ "Shop". Archived from the original on 1 March 2012. Retrieved 28 July 2012.
  2. ^ Mail online / live reporter, (28 July 2012, updated 2 October 2012) (28 July 2012). "'It's hard to rebel when your dad's a Sex Pistol': The world according to Hollie Cook". Daily Mail. Associated Newspapers Ltd Part of The Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday & Metro Media Group. Retrieved 8 July 2015.
  3. ^ Amazon (biography provided by Cook / her representative, (2014). "Hollie Cook Biography". Amazon.co.uk, Hollie Cook. Artist Overview. Retrieved 8 July 2015.
  4. ^ a b Deming, Mark. "Hollie Cook. Biography". AllMusic. Hollie Cook. AllMusic, All Media Network, LLC. Retrieved 8 July 2015.
  5. ^ Duerden, Nick (2 May 2014). "Never mind the Sex Pistols... it's Hollie Cook". The Independent / The Independent's web site. Retrieved 8 July 2015.
  6. ^ a b c Aaron, David (2011) "Hollie Cook Review", BBC, 1 June 2011. Retrieved 2 June 2012
  7. ^ "Hollie Cook – Hollie Cook", De Telegraaf, 15 August 2011. Retrieved 2 June 2012
  8. ^ Smart, Gordon (2012) "Ian Brown picks Hollie Cook to be Stone Roses support act", The Sun, 20 April 2012. Retrieved 11 August 2019
  9. ^ "Stream: Exclusive Hollie Cook mixtape Archived 20 June 2012 at the Wayback Machine", AU magazine, 21 April 2012. Retrieved 2 June 2012
  10. ^ a b Young, Martyn (2012) "Hollie Cook – Hollie Cook In Dub", This Is Fake DIY. Retrieved 2 June 2012
  11. ^ "Hollie Cook - 'Twice'". Nme.com. Retrieved 26 January 2018.
  12. ^ O'Brien, Jon "Hollie Cook Review", AllMusic. Retrieved 2 June 2012

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