I really liked this book. I’d forgotten how sh*t it was in the seventies

Paul Weller

The Jam released their debut single, ‘In the City’, in May 1977. At that time, no-one was happy in Britain, particularly not in comedian and broadcaster Ian Stone’s house. The country was divided – by racism, violence, inner-city riots, police corruption, unemployment and terrorism. But late one evening in 1978, The Jam walked onstage at London’s Music Machine and launched into ninety blistering minutes that fast became the most exciting moment of Ian’s life. Accompanied by illustrations specially created by fellow comedian Phill Jupitus, through this riotous memoir, Ian pays tribute to the band that helped him, and many others, to grow up amid the turbulence of Britain in the late 1970s and early 1980s, along the way paying homage to a life-long obsession with The Jam. Chaired by journalist Jude Rogers.

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