Thursday, July 26, 2007

The Jam: Unseen - Book

Foreword by Bruce Foxton and Rick Buckler
Photographs by Twink

Book Description:
The Jam were one of Britain's most successful and important bands. Emerging in the era of punk and new wave, they brought a sound and a look to an army of fans who still hold a devoted and unparalleled passion.
In their five-year career, between 1977 and 1982, The Jam had 18 top 40 singles, including four No.1 hits. In 1982, their last studio LP, The Gift, went to the top of the album chart and Town Called Malice and Beat Surrender were No.1 singles.
That same year, 21-year old freelance photographer Twink was commissioned by The Jam to be their official photographer, capturing them not only on stage, but also their life out of the public eye. A quarter of a century on, this volume brings together for the first time more than 200 of his outstanding photographs.

"For me and countless others," says Twink, "The Jam stand head and shoulders above any other three-piece band you care to recall, and most other bands - past, present and future ... They were the spokespeople for a generation, social commentators empathising with dole-queue despair and becoming idols to the country's disillusioned youth."

These stunning images capture The Jam's electrifying live performances as well as their quieter moments - backstage, travelling and relaxing. "When we needed a photographer to come on the road with us - someone who could `access all areas' and take candid fly-on-the-wall shots - we had no doubt that he was our man," write Bruce Foxton and Rick Buckler in the foreword to this book.

Twink's pictures of The Jam have already generated huge interest online and in exhibitions. Now, through this special collection, they bring an unforgettable period back to life, and give a unique gift to fans of The Jam.

Synopsis:
The Jam were one of Britain's most successful and important bands. Emerging in the era of punk and new wave, they brought a sound and a look to an army of fans who still hold a devoted and unparalleled passion. In their five-year career, between 1977 and 1982, The Jam had 18 top 40 singles, including four No.1 hits. In 1982, their last studio LP, The Gift, went to the top of the album chart and Town Called Malice and Beat Surrender were No.1 singles. That same year, 21-year old freelance photographer Twink was commissioned by The Jam to be their official photographer, capturing them not only on stage, but also their life out of the public eye. A quarter of a century on, this volume brings together for the first time more than 200 of his outstanding photographs. "For me and countless others," says Twink, "The Jam stand head and shoulders above any other three-piece band you care to recall, and most other bands - past, present and future... They were the spokespeople for a generation, social commentators empathising with dole-queue despair and becoming idols to the country's disillusioned youth." These stunning images capture The Jam's electrifying live performances as well as their quieter moments - backstage, travelling and relaxing. "When we needed a photographer to come on the road with us - someone who could 'access all areas' and take candid fly-on-the-wall shots - we had no doubt that he was our man," write Bruce Foxton and Rick Buckler in the foreword to this book. Twink's pictures of The Jam have already generated huge interest online and in exhibitions. Now, through this special collection, they bring an unforgettable period back to life, and give a unique gift to fans of The Jam.

From the Back Cover :
Through more than 200 previously unpublished photographs, The Jam: Unseen is a unique record of one of the most successful, important and enduring of British bands.

A quarter of a century after working as The Jam's official photographer, Twink has collected together his stunning, never-before-seen pictures of a band at the pinnacle of their career. This book is a must-have for all aficionados of The Jam.

"Twink's amazing photographs capture the very essence of the band."
Dennis Munday, The Jam's A&R Manager

"A brilliant photographic anthology ... The real beauty is that they reveal a much more intimate and human aspect of the band."
Drew Hipson, Editor, All Mod Icon

"A gift to Jam fans around the world, defining an era that was special for all of us."
Bruce Foxton and Rick Buckler, The Jam
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