Diary: Bang, bang Maxwell’s silver lame 40th bash

Age may have come between Bob Dylan and his UK concert but James Maxwell, Scope Ketchum chief executive, is living proof that PRs keep on rocking.

Age may have come between Bob Dylan and his UK concert but James

Maxwell, Scope Ketchum chief executive, is living proof that PRs keep on

rocking.



Maxwell recently spent the evening of his 40th birthday on drums with

that well known combo The Jimi Maxwell Experience. He was forced into

the turn at a surprise party, when Scope Ketchum’s seventh floor offices

were turned into a rock venue with a five-piece band in the centre - and

no-one at the drums.



’I’ve been a frustrated drummer since I was given a kit after passing my

O’levels. I used to play them by myself with headphones on,’ he

confides.



On the night, the look was bold: account executive Lynn Joels wore a

silver sequinned mini skirt, fellow singer and group account director

Katherine Hazelden donned a little black number with boa, and the

guitarists, account manger, Dave Robinson, designer Darren Woolford and

creative director Harry McFarland wore long wigs, stick-on sideburns,

leather and four inch platforms. Maxwell himself wasn’t shy about

getting into style. ’I had a ripped T-shirt forced on me and, sitting

behind the drum-kit, you couldn’t see I had my suit trousers on. I even

took off my glasses.’



To complete the look?



’No, because they got steamed up.’



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