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"In Echoed Steps, The Jam and a Vision Of Albion"

A book telling a remarkable journey back to a remarkable time.

£85.00 inc p&p / $110.00 inc p&p

 

“In Echoed Steps, The Jam and a Vision Of The Albion” revisits Britain in the early 1980s through the words and pictures of The Jam.

Using Derek D’Souza’s estate of rare and largely unpublished photographs, designed by Paul Skellett and written by Simon Wells.

 

By 1981, The Jam was undoubtedly Britain’s most popular band. With a string of top ten singles and albums and a fan base that was measured in the hundreds of thousands, the loyalty shown to them by their fans was akin to what the previous generation had bestowed on The Beatles.

 

Nonetheless, the group’s lead singer and writer Paul Weller, was not in a hurry to sit back on his laurels. A sharp observer of the inequalities of life, through his songs he’d noted the appalling and dire state of Britain in the early 1980s. Weller’s observations, told of a nation depressed and despondent – the opportunities for the young seemingly ring-fenced to a select few. Hailing from a working-class background, he’d escaped the predictability of a mundane existence and had followed his dream – and yet he never left the world he came from behind.

 

In 1981, few were expressing the decaying state of Britain– not least the pitiful organs of the mainstream press. As a result, it was left to the likes of the NME & Morning Star to voice the disquiet. But it was the fanzine writers and artists who depicted better than anyone what was really going on in the country. Naturally, Weller was in tune with this mood of dissent, and he had established Riot Stories a small publishing outfit that would give voice to the many who shared his viewpoint.

 

While the Jam weren’t the only band really communicating the disquiet, they were clearly the most outspoken group to occupy the top end of the charts, and their clarity of truth swept up legions of fans across the nation. On the group’s frequent concert tours of the UK, Weller took a sharp view of the landscape of Britain – especially beyond Watford where the so called beautiful South dissolved into the monochrome of the neglected and largely abandoned North of England. What he, and many others witnessed, was a truly broken and divided country. While the ruling classes put on a grubby show of decadence and unbridled wealth, the reality of over 3 million unemployed back-dropped by a diminishing industrial landscape, was a more than apparent nightmare for many.

 

“In Echoed Steps, The Jam and a Vision Of The Albion” revisits Britain in the early 1980s through the words and pictures of The Jam. Using Derek D’Souza’s estate of rare and largely unpublished photographs, it’s a remarkable journey back to a remarkable time.

 

The Jam and a Vision Of Albion

First Edition Lumejet Print Folios (Limited Edition).

THE JAM

Chiswick House Folio

includes 5 x 1st generation prints

(Signed 1st Generation Print folio)

by Derek D'Souza &  Paul Skellett

THE JAM

LIVE' Folio

includes 5 x 1st generation prints

(Signed 1st Generation Print folio)

by Derek D'Souza &  Paul Skellett

£250.00 inc p&p / $320.00 inc p&p

 

£250.00 inc p&p / $320.00 inc p&p