This Day In Music’s Guide to The Jam


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Published 2018

380 pages


Rick Buckler talks us through the formation of The Jam and their early days – being signed by Polydor, their first No 1 record, the video shoots, tours and beyond. Buckler also picks the 50 greatest Jam tracks and tells us how they were written, recorded and the stories behind every one of these classic songs. This book also critiques every Jam studio album as well as listing every Jam tour, The Jam on TV, Awards, video locations and more.

Jam drummer Rick Buckler was one-third of the powerhouse sound of The Jam along with Paul Weller and Bruce Foxton. The group had 18 consecutive UK Top 40 singles from their debut in 1977 to their break-up in December 1982, including four No 1 hits. More than any other group, The Jam kept the tradition of three-minute, hook-driven British guitar pop alive providing a blueprint for generations of bands to come.

About the authors:

Rick Buckler was the drummer for The Jam from its formation in the early Seventies through to its break up in the early Eighties, during which time it became a critically acclaimed and commercially successful band. The Jam’s rhythm section of Buckler and Bruce Foxton (bass guitar) were integral to its sound. His 2015 book That’s Entertainment – My Life in The Jam became an Amazon No 1 best seller. Ian, who wrote his first novel Long Hot Summer in 2009 is the co-author of the 2015 book That’s Entertainment – My Life in The Jam, and wrote Paul Weller- Sounds from the Studio (published in 2017), as well as Thick as Thieves (Personal Situations with The Jam), Supersonic (Personal Situations with Oasis), Black Music White Britain, The Kids Are All Square, and many more.

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Weight 0.561 kg
Dimensions 22.9 × 15.2 × 1.5 cm
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An incredible book - anyone who considers themselves a fan of The Jam has to get this.
-Johnny Walker, BBC Radio 2
Digs deep into the history of one of the UK's greatest groups. You forget how many hits they had in such a short space of time. Very enjoyable section in the book where Rick Buckler talks about the 50 greatest Jam songs with the tales behind them.
-Amazon 5 stars
If you're a Jam fan then obviously you've gotta read this
-Amazon 5 stars