A must-see exhibition for fans of The Jam, The Style Council and of course Paul Weller, music aficionados and those curious of the lifestyle.
Paul Weller fans will have the chance to get up close to his iconic Whaam guitar, read his school reports, hand-written lyrics, see the bands stage clothes which have been generously donated from the personal archives of Paul Weller, Bruce Foxton, Rick Buckler and the Weller family.
Plus, a designated area for John Weller, Mick Talbot and Steve White from The Style Council and the collections of devoted Weller fans worldwide, all make up the content of this rare and mainly unseen show.
Celebrity advocates are already anticipating this collection, spanning two decades of Paul Weller's career -
Nicky Weller on This Is The Modern World
Noel Gallagher, comments:
"Iconic clothes, Iconic guitars, original lyrics that spoke for and about a generation … this shit mattered then and it still matters now."
Actor Martin Freeman added: "
"The Jam and The Style Council in one place? Yes please. I"ll be walking down the M23 if necessary."
Chrissie Hynde chimed in:
"I'll be driving slowly down the M23 to pick Martin Freeman up. I'll sneak into any boys' club that will try not to have me. Weller Rules!"
The music, fashion, style, and timeless swagger created by Paul Weller still resonates today, Tim Burgess from Charlatans recalls:
"The Jam were like the Big Bang of my musical universe. The Style Council were the soundtrack to my teenage years and Paul Weller has been an ever present in my list of favourite artists. I'll be heading to the exhibition for sure."
The Jam Live - Precious
Bobby Gillespie - Primal Scream - recollects growing up with them:
"As a working-class British teenager growing up in the 1970s The Jam spoke to me and for me like no other band. Their mix of ultra-sharp Punk / Mod high energy attack and Paul Weller's Street tough romantic poetry stole my heart. And... they never sold out."
Pete Townsend from The Who went further:
"The Jam were a very real manifestation of the kind of band I would have wanted to be in myself."
The exhibition will take up residency in its spiritual home of Brighton in Valley Gardens with additional live concerts throughout the month.
Wilko Johnson & Nine Below Zero, The Selecter, Bruce Foxton's From The Jam, Secret Affair, The Chords UK and The Style Councillors featuring very special guests, will be held at St Peter's Church, beside Valley Gardens.
Style Council - Walls Come Tumbling Down! (Live Aid 1985)
A screening of Quadrophenia followed by a Q&A with cast-members Phil Daniels, Leslie Ash, Mark Wingett and Trevor Laird will take place on the August bank holiday weekend, plus talks, special appearances and book-signings from Rick Buckler, Mick Talbot and Steve White.
Along with talks from Jam art designer Bill Smith (who created the archetypal spray-paint logo) and photographers Derek D'Souza, Martyn Goddard and video director Tim Pope.
Curator Nicky Weller added:
"When I was researching the items and material for the exhibition, I was often overwhelmed by the enthusiasm from fans from all walks of life with stories to share.
"As well as famous faces, who had many great memories or were influenced by my brother and his pals just playing music.
"It was an amazing family affair with me from running the fan club, my mum sorting out their suits for stage and my dad becoming their manager.
"I hope that this exhibition captures all the excitement from that time, the amazing scene and friendships forged around this and want to thank everyone who contributed."
This Is The Modern World - 29th July - 29th August 2022 - Valley Gardens, St Peter's Place Brighton. Exhibition open daily from 11-7pm. Evening entertainment and special events, food and drink only from 7pm-11pm. CLICK HERE for details.