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Name: James Iha                                                                                         
Born: 26 March 1968 Chicago, Illinois, U.S.                                                             
James Yoshinobu Iha (born March 26, 1968 in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.) is an American rock musician. He is 
most famous as having been a guitarist in the alternative rock band The Smashing                         
Pumpkins and for his eclectic musical projects of recent years, including A                             
Perfect Circle.                                                                                         
Iha attended Elk Grove High School in Elk Grove Village, Illinois, which he                             
described as "a boring, middle class suburb of Chicago." Iha received average                           
grades in high school, and, after a successful two-year stint at a local junior                         
college, he majored in graphic design at Loyola University Chicago before                               
dropping out to dedicate himself to the Smashing Pumpkins. He currently lives                           
in Manhattan, New York and co-owns independent record label Scratchie Records                           
with Adam Schlesinger of Fountains of Wayne. Bands on the Scratchie label                               
include The Sounds, Albert Hammond Jr., and Office. He also co-owns a recording                         
studio with Adam Schlesinger and Andy Chase of Ivy called Stratosphere Sound in                         
He is a second-generation Japanese-American, and is only able to speak a little                         
Japanese. Like his former bandmate Billy Corgan, he has a brother with a