Paul Weller is an artist constantly in forward motion. One of the very few that has resisted the obvious route of simply resting on past glories, his outlook is almost always on the road ahead … but we can’t fault him for a quick look at his glorious past, either. Teaming up with noted publisher Genesis Publications, Weller is the subject of a new book that focuses on his solo career.
Into Tomorrow offers a “pictorial record of his solo years” from 1992 onward captured in over 800 photographs, taken by friend and photographer, Lawrence Watson, and selected by Weller and captioned with his own handwritten text. The 300-plus-page book will be published in a leather bound edition housed in a red acrylic slipcase. The special package will also include a 10″ vinyl record containing previously unissued live recordings.
“When I look back to the early shots from 1992, I was starting to write and play (and, importantly, want to play) again. I’d been ‘away’ for a while and didn’t know what, if anything, to expect,” Weller says. The book, like all of Genesis Publications’ releases, is a very limited run, with only 2000 copies available worldwide. Each book is numbered and signed by Weller and Watson. “So many memories come back. Some of the pictures make me mourn the passing of time,” he adds. “Lawrence has been there to document most of them. He is part of our crew.”
You can get details on Into Tomorrow at http://www.genesis-publications.com/Into-Tomorrow-by-Paul-Weller-Photographs-by-Lawrence-Watson/default.htm .
This is Weller’s second collaboration with Genesis. In 2008, they issued A Thousand Things, which chronicled his years with the Jam and Style Council. Weller’s new album, Saturn’s Patterns, is set for release May 19.