With a foreword written by Jam drummer Rick Buckler, this book tells the story of The Jam in the words of over 300 fans. With memories from the earliest shows at clubs and pubs around Woking and London, UK and North American tours through to their last ever gig in Brighton, England on 11th December 1982. Told by the perspective of fans, promoters, studio engineers, photographers and support acts the book includes personal photographs, memorabilia, anecdotes and stories that have never been published before.
Formed in 1972 at Sheerwater Secondary School in Woking, the band drew upon a variety of stylistic influences over the course of their career, including 1960s beat music, soul, rhythm and blues and psychedelic rock, as well as 1970s punk and new wave. Between 1977 and 1982, there were five albums and 17 singles, including four number ones, and a journey, which encompassed no end of influences, styles, and textures.
About the Authors:
Neil Cossar launched the award winning web site This Day in Music.com in 1999 and has previously published books on David Bowie, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen. Richard Houghton has co-written a book about the semi legendary indie band The Wedding Present with lead singer David Gedge and worked with Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark on their book, Pretending To See The Future, as well as books about the Rolling Stones, The Beatles, The Who, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix, all of which are compilations of fan memories of seeing these legendary artists live.