If you have an interest in the band, then you probably want a copy of the upcoming The Jam 1982 book by Rick Buckler and Zoe Howe.
Published by Omnibus in hardback and featuring 176 pages, it pretty much is what it says in the title. A look back at The Jam’s final rollercoaster year before the three members went their separate ways forever.
Led y one of those people, Jam drummer Rick Buckler, the book contains a number of previously unseen images (always a big selling point) plus all the details of everything from the recording and release of the final studio album The Gift and the rigours of life on the road to the announcement of the split, the final tours, The Tube and more.
In addition to Buckler’s memories of this final year, The Jam 1982 also brings together words and thoughts of the likes of Gary Crowley, producer Peter Wilson, A&R manager Dennis Munday, photographer Neil ‘Twink’ Tinning, Eddie Piller, Paolo Hewitt, Mat Osman, Belle Stars singer Jennie Matthias (‘The Bitterest Pill’), plus touring musicians Jamie Telford and Steve Nichol and others, to tell the tale of what’s described as ‘a single, fateful year’. The year The Jam went out at the top of its game.
You can pre-order a copy of the book now ahead of a 17th November launch. The price is a discounted £18.40 on Amazon.
A couple of other things. First off, if you want to read more about this era, the late (and great) Simon Wells wrote this feature about the band’s last gig. Well worth a read.
Secondly, there is a book launch with Rick Buckler in Manchester on 12th November. Tickets are now available for that.
Update: I have just noticed that publisher Omnibus Books is selling a limited edition version of The Jam 1982 book.
Of course, it sells for more money, but if you are a collector, it might be worth paying the extra money,
This special edition features a signed hardback book with a numbered slipcase, which is limited to 1000 copies, as well as containing an exclusive print. The more casual fan might be happy with the standard version (see above).
But if you want something more exclusive, you might want to pre-order this version. If you do, it will cost £50, and you’ll need to order directly from Omnibus Books.