© Words Peter Jachimiak
“Tomorrow when we meet…..
jarring collisions on hostile street”
(Dave Waller, front endpaper, Notes From Hostile Street, 1979).

The Birth of the Modern Word

In his last year at primary school, Paul Weller enjoyed reading Greek mythology. But then, at Woking’s Sheerwater Secondary Modern School (and despite his attempts across the first two years to, academically-speaking, knuckle-down), Weller developed a hatred of the teachers’ lack of professional compassion for the pupils, and had resigned himself to self-imposed academic failure. Deliberately detaching himself from schooling,
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The Style Council Serie A Leaders  


I am an Italian football critic and an avid Style Council fan and like my favourite sport, the Council’s career is a tale of two halves. Paul Weller formed his new squad when he left his previous champion wining side, just as they were ready to topple the mighty Manchester United. The tactics were the same every match, there was talk of fights on the training ground and they played too many games. Although they had a wining formula, there was no width to their game and it was typically English - all kick and run.
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© Words Matteo Sedazzari
November 2013 saw Universal Music re-release all of The Jam’s studio  albums, on viny In the City May 1977, This Is the Modern World November 1977, All Mod Cons November 1978, Setting Sons November 1979, Sound Affects November 1980 and The Gift March 1982 (originally released on Polydor). Six great albums LPS (if we are going to get nostalgic) that have certainly stood the test of time well. Be it the poignant, yet angst, Away from The Numbers (In The City), the rhythmic paranoid and eerie Scrape Away (Sound Affects), or the power pop ballad Carnation (The Gift).  
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Sunday, 29 September 2013 18:33

Nick Churchill Chats to Carleen Anderson

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©Words Nick Churchill www.thegranvillechambers.co.uk

Her godfather was the Godfather of Soul himself, James Brown. Her mother is Brown’s explosive backing singer Vicki Anderson; her step-father, his right-hand man Bobby Byrd. She grew up with her grandparents during the civil rights movement of the 1960s and by the age of there was singing solos in her grandfather’s church.
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Saturday, 29 June 2013 13:09

Paul Weller Southampton Guildhall

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© Words - Nick Churchill

Maybe it was down to the band not having played much this year, maybe it was just a sticky night and the sound was doing battle with the Guildhall's challenging acoustics, but we were some way south of prime Weller.
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It is easy to dismiss Weller’s final and rejected album for Polydor, Modernism: A New Decade.  Recorded in 1989 and finally released in 1998, but by then the moment had gone.  Modernism certainly witnessed a huge change in musical direction for Weller, the usual Soul, Pop, Funk and Jazz sound of The Style Council had been replaced by House Music,
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Tuesday, 08 January 2013 20:40

What Makes Weller Run?

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In the music business, once you hit 30 you are considered over the hill, and this still applies in the 21st century. As far as middle-aged artists go, very few make an impact on the current generation, with most inclined to live off their back catalogue. They tour the world, coining it in with merchandising sales, and endless re-issues, and deluxe packaging of their greatest hits.
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Tuesday, 11 December 2012 16:30

Belief Is All - The Jam



These were the last words Paul Weller penned on The Jam's final album "Dig the New Breed", and I fondly recall where I read them for the first time. It was the 8th December 1982 (coincidentally the second anniversary of John Lennon's murder) late afternoon, and I was sitting in a Wimpy bar in the centre of Birmingham with my brother and his girlfriend, killing time whilst waiting for the doors to open to see The Jam at Bingley Hall.
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ZANI Media are proud to present, in conjunction with Stuart Deabill and Ian "Snowy" Snowball – authors, Thick As Thieves - Personal Situations With The Jam. A short but informative documentary on "The Best Fuckin Band in The World ...The Jam".... As fans, and those who worked with The Jam, like Dennis Munday and Bill Smith, tell us about their passion and experiences with the band.
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The record business has changed dramatically over the last two decades. There are now four large conglomerates, who control over 80% of the output of music in the world. Sales have plummeted, the industry is losing about 5% per annum and given that the current economic crisis will last for another ten years, will they be able to turn this around? And more importantly, will the record industry survive?

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