Thursday, 16 April 2015

The Jam: About the Young Idea - Exhibition, CD, Book & VIP Party

This summer, Somerset House, in collaboration with Nice Time Inc Productions, is proud to present The Jam: About the Young Idea. With unprecedented access to The Jam’s archive, Somerset House will curate the first comprehensive exhibition about the extraordinary band whose music immortalised life for Britain’s disenchanted youth during the late 70s and early 80s. Through unseen material and fan memorabilia, the exhibition will chart the trio’s journey from Sheerwater Secondary Modern in Woking to superstardom, kick-started by the release of their debut hit single ‘In The City’, whose lyrics are referenced in the exhibition’s title, and ended six years later with 18 consecutive UK top 40 singles and over 14 million global album sales. 

For the very first time, all three members of the band – Paul Weller, Rick Buckler and Bruce Foxton – the Weller family and music archivist Den Davis have opened up their archives, especially for the show. The collection, which is curated by frontman Paul’s sister and former head of The Jam’s fan club Nicky Weller, Tory Turk and Russell Reader with additional advice from DJ Gary Crowley, includes hand written lyrics, original stage outfits, personal photographs and footage, unreleased music videos, early scrapbooks, letters and postcards, posters and fanzines, and the band’s instruments. The exhibition, designed in reference to album artworks and featuring original graphics from celebrated artist Anthony Burrill, will provide a unique and personal insight into the band’s trailblazing life and the retrospect legacy The Jam left on music, style, politics and culture.

26 June – 31 August  2015

Open daily 10.00 – 18.00 (last admission 17.15)

Late night Thursdays until 21.00 (last admission 20.15) on the following dates: 2, 23 & 30 July, 20 & 27 August

East Wing Galleries, East Wing

Exhibition Ticket £9.50, concessions £7.00

Exhibition Ticket & CD Package £17.50, concessions £15.00 

About The Young Idea – The Best of The Jam 

To coincide with the exhibition, on 22 June 2015, Universal Music is releasing a limited-edition CD entitled About The Young Idea – The Best of The Jam which includes some previously unavailable recordings. An exclusive package of exhibition tickets and the CD is available at the special price of £17.50 (£15 concessions). The CD can also be pre-ordered individually from Universal Music for £9.99.

CD One: -

1.            In The City (radio ad)

2.            In The City

3.            Art School

4.            Away From The Numbers

5.            Takin’ My Love (demo – previously unreleased)

6.            All Around The World

7.            The Modern World

8.            In The Street Today

9.            News Of The World

10.          David Watts

11.          Down In The Tube Station At Midnight

12.          Billy Hunt

13.          To Be Someone (Didn’t We Have A Nice Time)

14.          English Rose

15.          In The Crowd

16.          ‘A’ Bomb In Wardour St.

17.          Strange Town

18.          The Butterfly Collector

19.          When You’re Young

20.          Smithers-Jones

21.          The Eton Rifles

22.          Thick As Thieves

23.          Private Hell

24.          Saturday’s Kids

25.          The Burning Sky (demo)  

CD Two: -

1.            Going Underground

2.            Dreams Of Children

3.            Start!

4.            Liza Radley

5.            Pretty Green

6.            Monday

7.            That’s Entertainment

8.            Man In The Cornershop

9.            Boy About Town

10.          Funeral Pyre

11.          Absolute Beginners

12.          Tales From The Riverbank

13.          Town Called Malice

14.          Precious

15.          Ghosts

16.          Just Who Is The Five O’Clock Hero?

17.          Carnation

18.          The Bitterest Pill (I Ever Had To Swallow)

19.          Beat Surrender

20.          Move On Up

21.          Shopping

22.          Pop Art Poem 

Growing up with… The Jam & VIP Party 

An accompanying book, Growing up with… The Jam, is available now for pre-order at PledgeMusic along with tickets to an exclusive VIP Party at the exhibition on 27 June 2015, for details visit: -

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