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Thick as Thieves: Personal Situations with The Jam [Paperback]

Stuart Deabill , Ian Snowball
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Book Description

20 Sep 2012
The Jam were one of the most successful bands in the UK with album sales of over 11 million units. The music of The Jam has influenced a whole generation of kids it formed a soundtrack of their lives. Thick as Thieves explores just how influential The Jam were through interviews with the band, journalists, creatives, unusual celebrities and most importantly, the fans. The book reflects the aspirations and celebrations of growing up in the 1970's and includes rare photographs and sharp insights on The Jam. It is perfect reading for the many thousands of fans still hungry for more.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Marshall Cavendish International Asia Pte Ltd (20 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9814398063
  • ISBN-13: 978-9814398060
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 22.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 110,483 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Writing was something that came later on in life thanks to the internet forums on the music and football club I love, more than any sort of epiphany to become a published author.
I also found writing a blog (Away From The Numbers) helped hone and sharpen the enthusiasm,passion and technique.

Then in 2011 I was approached by Ian Snowball to co - write a book about London's iconic nightlife called From Ronnie's To Ravers - Personal Situations In London Clubland which finally saw the light of day in September 2013.

In 2012 Marshall Cavendish released Thick As Thieves - Personal Situations With The Jam which has become a best seller and also a book that Paul Weller described as 'The best book on The Jam and it's fans he's ever seen'
We took this idea into doing a similar book about the early days of Oasis which was released in October 2013 also on Marshall Cavendish.
Noel and Liam's thoughts remain unfounded.

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About the Author

Stuart Deabill was born and raised in West London. His long standing obsession with Music, Football and Casual Attire has enabled Stuart to dress well, have good ears and a foul mouth for the best part of 35 years now. Stuart is married,now lives in South Hertfordshire and is a season ticket holder at Chelsea FC. Ian Snowball was born and bred in Kent. He became a Jam fan at the age of eleven after buying That's Entertainment for 50p. He has a mixed taste in music that ranges from The Jam to The Doors, Northern Soul and Ska. He began supporting Chelsea when he was twelve because he heard that Paul Weller supported Chelsea. Has co-authored In the Blood with Northern Soul author Pete McKenna.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
By NeilM68
The inimitable intro of the late John Weller that ignited the fury that followed. An unforgettable experience for anybody who ever attended these gigs and this book captures that spirit, emotion, energy wonderfully through the memories of the fans who where there. What has struck me most is just how similar the experiences and feelings were among the fans. At the time I thought this was "my" band, an absolute obsession, studying sleeve notes, tracks played to death, hitting play record - with often poor timing - on the cassette to capture any TV/Radio appearance, all four bedroom walls plastered in any image I could find of the band, Jam button badges on the school tie, first trip from south coast to the big City to buy the bowling shoes that Weller was wearing, Monday lunchtimes sneaking out of school to go buy the new single, and the BIG deal; a new album. But of course it was not "my" band it was "our' band and this book reunites that generation wonderfully. This is no nostalgia trip, it is a reminder that the events and experiences of this period of early teenage life and the impact the band had on you has made you who you are today. The debt of gratitude we have to Weller in particular for kicking us up the arse and telling us never to accept the humdrum, always to fight for what you believe to be right,never give up; and as was ultimately the reason for the bands demise; always move on and go out knowing you did as much as you could.

Unfortunately, my passion was not met by the funds to support it - the weekly financial consolidation of a paper round @ 3.50 a week, school dinner money and the occasional pocket money - so I missed so much and this book, as great as it is, has reminded me of that.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gem 20 Sep 2012
If you have any interest in popular culture, musical heritage and the trio that crafted some of the finest singles from the 70's and 80's then this book is an essential purchase. The great thing about this book is that it features the thoughts of fans as well as those close to the band, some brilliant unreleased photo's and really takes this 40 something back to the excitement and exhilaration felt as a teenager, waiting for them to appear on TOTP, Saturday morning visits to Woolworths to pick up the single, hoping that one of your mates older brothers would take you along to one of their gigs. Reading this made me release that there were hundreds of kids my age in cities across the country thinking and doing the same as me. That's why this book is different to your normal band biography - it seeks to get beyond the usual 'band form, tour, get famous, split up' level.
If you in your 40's or older, go and buy this, remember how exciting it used to be. If you're younger, go and buy it to see just what you missed.....
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Number 1 in our Hearts.... 20 Sep 2012
Great book on the "Best band in the F****** World" Produced by the Fans for the Fans... An insiders view into what being a Teenage Jam obsessive felt like from the people that were actually there! Somehow, The Jam are often brushed aside in Retrospectives of music of the late 70's, early 80's (what? The Poilce were the UK's biggest band in the early 80's - really!?) this book gives passionate fan recollections of just how much The Jam meant to them during the peak of Thatcher's autocratic Divide and Rule demolition of Britain...

There are also some great contributions from people who worked closely with the band, from Bill Smith - the record sleeve designer, to Tracie Young, who sang back up on the band's final single 'Beat Surrender' and made an appearance on their final Top of The Pop's appearance, as the record went straight in the charts at Number 1...

Brilliantly designed, with many unseen Fan Photos and pictures of memorabilia, the authors have put together a fantastic tome for anyone who wants to remind themselves of just what a great 'People's Band' The Jam were (not that many need reminding)

As Paul Weller states in the Foreward (All 3 Jam Band member's make contributions)... "it amazes me to see that there were many Jam fans that were just 12, 13..." Well I was one of them, and luckily saw the Jam live 30 years ago, aged just 14, twice in that final year of 1982, beofre they split up for good, ... they mean as much to me now, as they did to me then!


"the best book on The Jam and It's audience I've ever seen!" Paul Weller September 2012
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for all Jam fans 29 Sep 2012
As a teenager in the late 70s/early 80s I was an obsessive Jam fan and even now, as a middle aged man, its never really left me.The parka is gathering dust in the cupboard under the stairs and the Fred Perry shirts seem to be a bit tighter these days but some things never change; the Fab Three will always have a special place in my heart.I quite liked the Style Council and the solo Weller has had his moments but first and foremost its The Jam. Just as The Beatles and Paul McCartney are not the same thing, so it is for me with The Jam and Weller. I'd say this book is absolutely indispensible for anyone with anything more than a casual interest in The Jam. I thought I knew everything there was to know about the band but in fact I learned a lot more from Thick as Thieves. I'm also pleased that Rick and Bruce feature prominently in it; too often The Jam is presented as Paul Weller and two other blokes; in reality all true fans know that the band would just not have been the same without Rick and Bruce and I always like to see them being given the credit they deserve for being the rhythm section powering the most important British band since the Beatles.
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5.0 out of 5 stars really good book
Written by someone who clearly loves his subject matter. All great books are crafted through care and not a love of potential profit. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Mr. Craig R. Simmons
5.0 out of 5 stars Worthy of the band
It took over a year to read this book - being a huge fan of the band and having seen them 8 times the book was evocative to a point where it was all the better for dipping into... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Alan
4.0 out of 5 stars A must for the Jam family
Honestly i never thought i would have bought a book written by a compilation of fans of a band, but the Jam were not a band like any other. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Tando
5.0 out of 5 stars happy daze
well worth v trip down memory lane;some of us still hikin the route.try ing to think of v right thing to say.
Published 11 months ago by Steve Williams
4.0 out of 5 stars Class!
Fantastic memories and unseen pictures throughout, good price and well put together! A must buy for any real Jam fan!
Published 13 months ago by Dan Granger
5.0 out of 5 stars Zero disappointment
If you're a fan of The Jam, then you'll love this book. Some excellent recollections and brilliant photographs. Ah yes... takes me right back!
Published 13 months ago by Mark Byrne
5.0 out of 5 stars A treat for the eyes and heart
I've been a massive fan of Paul Weller and the Jam for over 20 years now, and this book was quite obviously a must have. Read more
Published 14 months ago by corrina jarzyna
5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive Jam book
In my 3 decades + of being a fan of the Jam, I have read extensively on the lives and careers of the band and their body of work. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Paul '66
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent choice
Lots of facts, pictures and for any Jam fan a real great read and one for every Jam fan's collection
Published 14 months ago by Janet Leeds
5.0 out of 5 stars The Jam. Best band ever!!
I have loved this band since 1977, and followed Paul Weller since the split. A must buy for any Jam fan, and music follower.
Published 14 months ago by Cheshire Baggie
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