According to the the pre-publicity, Rick Buckler – Autobiography on Omnibus Press is the first from a member of The Jam. Although I’m pretty sure he and Bruce Foxton did a book together some years back!
Whatever the case, Rick Buckler – Autobiography is likely to be on the must-have list of any fan of The Jam when it lands on 11th May 2015. Some time off we know, but pre-orders are now being taken if you want to plan in advance.
The book is written in conjunction with Ian Snowball and according to the early details:
Rick tells The Jam story from growing up in Woking and meeting fellow members Paul Weller and Bruce Foxton at school, through their formation in 1972 and tells of the band’s early years before signing to Polydor records.
He provides a year by year account of The Jam’s progress whilst describing what it was like being a part of the music industry during the 70’s and 80’s and some of the characters who he met along the way including the Ramones, John Enwhistle, Sid Vicious, Blondie, Boy George and Paul McCartney.
Rick shares his own experiences and thoughts about what it was like to be in one of the UK’s most successful bands who spent a great deal of time recording, performing and touring. Following The Jam’s split in 1982, Rick gives a candid account of how he coped and his subsequent relationship with Paul and Bruce. All three members of The Jam stayed within the music industry and Rick takes the reader through his years in Time UK and various other bands up until forming From the Jam.
The book covers 384 pages, so quite a hefty volume you would imagine (although there might well be some photos thrown in for good measure). If you want to pre-order, you can do that now for £16.95. We will update this article when we get more details and some cover art. Shirt promo video below too.