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The Jam: Sounds from the Street Paperback – 6 Nov 2003
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Authoritative chronology of the band's career weaves around an in-depth study of their entire musical legacy, including songs from their time as a four-piece and all the other tracks that comprised the pre-Polydor set list. Features numerous rare stills and exclusive contributions from bassist Bruce Foxton.
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Paperback 272 pages
40 colour illustrations
Complete details of all Jam recordings
Definitve coverage of their career as a live band
Unique contributions from band-members Steve Brookes and Bruce Foxton
Unreleased Jam recordings discussed in detail
Publicity campaign involving members of the band
Foreword by Jam bass player Bruce Foxton.
Cover: full colour
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I ended up so worn down by it in the early hours I just skimmed through the rest from 58% onwards in order to be done with it. Hardly the pleasurable experience it could have been.
Whole chunks of it were repeated over and over ad nauseum. There were a lot of missing fullstops, missing words, starting morphed into stating, there were missed apostrophes, complement became compliment, Start ! suddenly lots its exclamation mark, Tracie's name was misspelt and horribly Buckler suddenly ended up as Bucker !!!
There were some interesting trivial bits 'n' pieces I'd not heard of before and maybe there were more if I'd carried on persevering. You'd need to be a massive fan to want to wade through it, though. I'm shocked the authors were so disparaging of The Bitterest Pill too. It charted way higher than some of the tracks they chose to extol.
Paul Weller didn't really come out of this very well, either. He seemed a stroppy, petulant arse throughout a lot of it, I'm afraid. However, his dad seemed a similar personality too from the way he was described throughout.
In writing Sounds From The Street the author has spoken with Jam bassist Bruce Foxton, Jam producer Vic Coppersmith-Heaven and original Jam member Steve Brookes. This isn't just a regurgitation of information taken from the internet or other people's works.
The book covers The Jam's entire history, beginning in the pre-fame days with a number of songs which never made it past the demo recording stage. And I have to say, having since heard some of those demo tracks online, praise the Lord that Punk happened and inspired Weller to become an angry young man.
If you like The Jam, buy the book. I hugely doubt you'll be disappointed. I'll give it 5 stars.
I'd like to quickly digress to address a one star review left here. The author of that review very strongly asserts this book is "devoted" to worshipping Foxton and Buckler, making Weller appear as a sideman. Now, I certainly do not recognise that as being the same book I read. I can only assume the review was penned by a Weller acolyte who begrudges Foxton and Buckler being given credit where credit is due. If you wish to further know my opinion on that review I have left a comment beneath it.
i bought this book for snippets of information i coould lern about the band and thatt includes all members and for that purpose the book ia a good read for any fan.
However, the book is not well written and constantly repeats itself and s another reviewer pointed out proof reading would have been a good thing for sure.
Sadly thlough this book is aimed at knocking Mr Weller at every opportunity and constantly reminding us how without Bruce and Rick World dominating songwriting and backing Paul would be nobody ?
I agree that the reason the band worked was the talent of all of thw member's of thbe band had and that is not in question. A band needs a leader and to dismiss some of Pauls key songs in favour of others purely based on who theyh were written by is Insane!
For a twenty year old to write about society as Paul did nd to connect with a generation is a Gift and the main reason theey were the success they were and stood out from the crowd
A more open mind could have made this book so much better and a great shame for the reader as i ended up just flicking through to get to the end
Might be worth remebering For God created all men equal to steal a phrase!
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