James Hyman

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James Hyman
Born (1970-04-18) 18 April 1970 (age 48)
OriginUnited Kingdom
Occupation(s)DJ, Music Supervisor, Broadcaster and Founder, The Hyman Archive
Years active1988–present
WebsiteOfficial site

James Hyman (born 18 April 1970)[citation needed] is a DJ, Radio & TV presenter, Music Supervisor, MD of JLH (creative media–marketing company) and founder of The Hyman Archive.

Hyman put aside his place at University of Manchester[citation needed] to work at MTV Europe in the Press office,[citation needed] despite his parents' misgivings (partly because of his father's glimpse of the music industry through his cousin Brian Epstein).[1]

Whilst at MTV Europe, Hyman studied "Film & Media" at London Guildhall University, graduating in 1992 with 1st class Honours.[citation needed]

Hyman Archive[edit]

For over 25 years, Hyman has been collecting magazines, pamphlets, newsletters, brochures, ephemera and other printed material. The theme of Hyman's collecting is 'popular culture in print'. Originally, he began collecting to assist his research at MTV Europe, where he was a script writer and programme producer. This was in a period where, according to Hyman, "magazines were the internet".

The Hyman Archive contains over 4,500 individual title publications and over 120,000 individual issues as of April 2017, although the collection is still growing at approximately 30% per annum. The collection spans the period 1850 to present day. More than 55% of the title publications are not to be found in the British Library. Independent Publishers represent 75% of the title publications in The Hyman Archive. Condé Nast and Bauer Media are the two largest contributors to the Archive, representing 3% each of the total title publications. The United Kingdom represents approximately 55% of the title publications by territory, followed by the United States at 34%. The Hyman Archive, although curated and focused on popular culture, includes a broad-array of subject matter, including Film, TV, Music, Music video, Art, Fashion, Architecture, Interior design, Trends, Youth, Lifestyle, Women's, Men's, Technology, Sports, Photography, Counter-culture, Graphics, Animation, and Comics.

On 1 August 2012, Guinness World Records verified that, "The largest collection of magazines consists of 50,953 magazines and belongs to James Hyman (UK), in London, UK".[2] At that time, the collection featured 2,312 unique publications amongst the 50,953 magazines. The process of counting the magazines took approximately 128 days as James and Tory Turk worked their way through 450 crates filled with magazines.

In September 2014, with an investor, Hyman formed The Hyman Archive Ltd. in order to obtain an ECL (a form of collective rights management) with copyright holders contained within the collection, and then to digitise and meta-tag the collection, making it available in a commercial offering. Hyman hopes to have secured an ECL by Spring 2016. The company will then begin the process of digitising the collection's approximate 10 million pages.[3]

The archive's activity has included: a unique New Musical Express (NME) loan to the BBC for its Britannia series (Pop Charts Britannia: 60 Years of the Top 10); supplying Amazon's pop-up trainer exhibition; the Victoria and Albert Museum’s 'David Bowie Is'; Northampton Museum and Art Gallery Mods exhibition, "Fashion Galore!" and "The Jam: About The Young Idea", both at Somerset House.

July 2015, David Hepworth's 'Off The Page' column for InPublishing opened with, "We should all support James Hyman’s amazing project to rescue the most ephemeral magazines from oblivion"[4]


Hyman worked at MTV Europe (1988 to 2000), as a Press Officer then as a programmer, producer and director.[citation needed] His MTV shows, including Party Zone featured in-depth interviews with the likes of The Prodigy, Goldie, Moby, David Holmes, The Chemical Brothers, Underworld, Paul Oakenfold, and Aphex Twin.[citation needed]

Hyman also co-presented MTV's Up For It and fronted a spin-off from MTV's Bytesize programme, providing daily reports on Internet news & web sites.[5]

In 1992 with Coldcut produced a TV Megamix[6] for Canal+ weekly pop-culture show, pre-empting his MTV Megamix format and shows that began broadcast on MTV Europe in 1998.[7][8]


Presented on Atlantic 252 and Xfm London as producer / presenter of The Rinse & co-presenter / producer of The Remix, the latter nominated for 2003 Sony Radio Academy Award.[citation needed]

The Rinse focused on Dance music with Hyman also championing other emerging music trends such as Bastard pop. The Remix focused on mash-up remixes and, according to The Guardian, "led the craze" which caused some controversy when a cease and desist order was issued for playing "A Stroke of Genius" by The Freelance Hellraiser.[9]

The Xfm shows paved the way for the release of a number of albums:

September 2007, Hyman left Xfm to concentrate on his music supervision company JLH and other broadcast projects.[11]

A one-hour documentary about Paul Anka and his song "My Way" was produced by Hyman and Nick Minter as part of BBC Radio 2's series, "Song Stories", first broadcast 23 February 2011, it was presented by Michael Buble and featured interviews with David Bowie, Donald Trump, Julien Temple and Steve Wynn on BBC Radio 2.[12]


Hyman expanded his Quentin Tarantino mix tape, Pulp Mixin', to create a feature-length mash-up film, with the provisional title James Hyman/Quentin Tarantino Movie Mash-Up. It blends Tarantino's film footage with music videos, including those of the music used in the films.[13][14]


  1. ^ UPfront profile, 1996
  2. ^ Guinness World Record 'Largest Collection Of Magazines', 01 August 2012
  3. ^ PPA: Hyman Archive in plan to digitise the world’s largest collection of magazines
  4. ^ A Magazine Treasure Trove
  5. ^ James Hyman's Net Minute 23 August-29 August 1999
  6. ^ Coldcut Megamix video
  7. ^ Promo magazine 1999 page 1 and page 2
  8. ^ Interview In-Dublin magazine #3 2003
  9. ^ Phillips, Dom (27 February 2002). "Smells like teen booty". The Guardian.
  10. ^ 007 Mix - Best CD of 2004
  11. ^ Hyman leaves Xfm
  12. ^ "Network Radio BBC Week 8: Wednesday 23 February 2011". BBC Press Office.
  13. ^ Gilchrist, Todd (6 May 2009). "Tarantino Gets a Taste of His Own Post-Modern Medicine". Cinematical.
  14. ^ Hart, Hugh (6 May 2009). "Brit Mashes Tarantino's Sex, Violence With Music". Underwire. Wired.

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