In The Crowd - Iconic photographs of an iconic band (The Jam)..,
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This review is from: In The Crowd: Images of The Jam (Paperback)
To put this book into perspective, in a similar way we had to with the book, `The Jam Unseen' (by Twink).
You have to place yourself back in the late 70s and early 80s.
Did we have Facebook - No
Did we have Youtube - No
In fact dial up internet (remember that!!! so slow, did I say slow) was first available in the UK in 1992.
We had a small number of television programmes dedicated to music and featured bands of the time.
We had the radio, but you can't see photographs on the radio.
We had the music press, which featured photographs and of course art on record sleeves.
So we basically saw what the press or the record companies wanted us to see.
Our view of the world was limited by those in control. Unlike today where social media allows us close contact with the world.
What makes this book special is they are pictures taken by a Jam fan.
What makes this amateur photographer special is he was recognised by Paul Weller and invited to take photographs for The Jam's Absolute Beginners sleeve.
What makes this book special for me is there are photographs of concerts I attended or images of The Jam that for whatever reason remain present in my memory, even though some thirty years or so have passed.
I could use the word nostalgic to describe this book. But I won't instead I'll choose the following...
Iconic images of an iconic band.