Yes, another book on The Jam. Specifically I’m talking about This Day In Music’s Guide To The Jam, which is out next week.
The book is courtesy of the ever-productive team of Rick Buckler and Ian Snowball, a 306-page publication via This Day in Music Books.
But before you rush out and buy it, note that the book is a rebranding of a previous book, one I very briefly mentioned recently. That book was The Dead Straight Guide To The Jam. Yes, the same series as the upcoming Dead Straight Guide to Mod by Paul Anderson.
Personally I haven’t seen the first edition and if you haven’t either, this is the basis of both that and this new issue:
Rick Buckler talks us through the formation of The Jam and their early days – being signed by Polydor, their first No 1 record, the video shoots, tours and beyond.
Buckler also picks the 50 greatest Jam tracks and tells us how they were written, recorded and the stories behind every one of these classic songs.
This book also critiques every Jam studio album as well as listing every Jam tour, The Jam on TV, Awards, video locations and more.
So basically a history of the band via Mr Buckler. If that appeals or you just happen to be a Jam completist, the book is available to pre-order now for £14.99.