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The Jam: A Beat Concerto - The Authorised Biography Paperback – 16 Sep 1983

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Product details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Omnibus Press (16 Sept. 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 071190393X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711903937
  • Product Dimensions: 29.4 x 20.4 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 735,225 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on 15 Sept. 2005
Format: Paperback
anyone reading the 'synopsis' would think it was just another band. but back when there was genuine talent around, THE JAM really stood head & shoulders above everything else. even if you dont particularly like their music, or that of paul weller, this is someone who geuinely cares, not just about music, but in the way its perceived & presented. who else would, in this day, split up a band at the height of its power in order to keep the spirit of what the jam stood for pure. forget the book, go & and buy their music. if all this sounds like 'rose tinted glasses', it probably is, but paul weller meant many things to a lot of of people. his music will influence people, not just musicians, for a long time. keep the faith.
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Format: Paperback
Considering its age this book is in great condition and well loved and brings back great memories of the greatest band ever!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fairly even account written by a Weller confidante. 28 Sept. 1997
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Format: Paperback
The story of The Jam, one of the UK's all-time biggest pop groups, who never quite made an impact on the American side of the pond (this writer notwithstanding). Hewitt and Jam founder Paul Weller are close even today (their mentoring of current supergroup Oasis is well-known), and Weller's point of view is often emphasized at the expense of Rick Buckler and Bruce Foxton, the other two members of the group (Buckler/Foxton penned "The Jam - Our Story" some years later). To be fair, however, Weller was the heart and soul of the operation, writing the songs and dictating the emotional and political bent of the group (his Mod fascination is well-documented). That Weller's father John managed the group didn't seem to hurt Paul's authority, either. Hewitt is secure enough in his relationship with Weller to include extensive review quotes from other writers and publications, allowing more than one critical interpretation to be heard (contrast this with most bio writers who simply seek a larger forum for their personal view of a group's music). The injection of politics into music usually has dubious results. However, it's impossible to separate the two when discussing the late 70s British music scene. Indeed, any bio of the Jam would be incomplete without a discussion of political views.
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