The Jam were one of Britain's most successful and important
bands. Emerging in the era of punk and new wave, they brought a sound and a
look to an army of fans who still hold a devoted and unparalleled passion.
In their five-year career, between 1977 and 1982, The Jam had 18 top 40
singles, including four No.1 hits. In 1982, their last studio LP, The Gift,
went to the top of the album chart and Town Called Malice and Beat
Surrender were No.1 singles.
That same year, 21-year old freelance photographer Twink was commissioned
by The Jam to be their official photographer, capturing them not only on
stage, but also their life out of the public eye. A quarter of a century
on, this volume brings together for the first time more than 200 of his
"For me and countless others," says Twink, "The Jam stand head and
shoulders above any other three-piece band you care to recall, and most
other bands - past, present and future ... They were the spokespeople for a
generation, social commentators empathising with dole-queue despair and
becoming idols to the country's disillusioned youth."
These stunning images capture The Jam's electrifying live performances as
well as their quieter moments - backstage, travelling and relaxing. "When
we needed a photographer to come on the road with us - someone who could
`access all areas' and take candid fly-on-the-wall shots - we had no doubt
that he was our man," write Bruce Foxton and Rick Buckler in the foreword
to this book.
Twink's pictures of The Jam have already generated huge interest online and
in exhibitions. Now, through this special collection, they bring an
unforgettable period back to life, and give a unique gift to fans of The