|THICK AS THIEVES: Published on 20 September|
Having Spent a hefty chunk of the last five years interviewing people about their working lives and unique experiences for social history purposes, it's something of a culture shock to see a book that treats an ever present from my own cultural past in the same way.
The track Thick As Thieves from 1979's Setting Sons just about nailed what it was like to be part of a gang, knowing it couldn't last forever. Keeping that spirit on the road, Stewart Debill and Ian Snowball's new book trawls the archives and conducts new interviews with anyone connected with The Jam, the people who worked with them live and on record and those who followed them from Sheerwater Secondary School to Brighton Arena.
I've written elsewhere on this blog about the impact Weller and The Jam had on me as a teenager growing up in the suburbs in the late 70s/early 80s. [Check The Young Mod's Forgotten Story Parts 2 and 3] Here Debill and Snowball have the blessing of Weller - he provides the foreword - and Foxton and Buckler, who both contribute their own memories.
The rest of the assembled cast include fans, producers, designers, hangers-on, mates and pretty much anyone prepared to commit their thoughts to tape and print. Complete with photos and archive material, this is first and foremost a fanbook. Initially published in a limited print run earlier in the year, there has clearly been enough support to justify a full scale launch. It's available to pre-order from amazon for £6.99