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"In Echoed Steps, The Jam and a Vision Of Albion", a remarkable journey back to a remarkable time.

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“In Echoed Steps, The Jam and a Vision Of The Albion” revisits Britain in the early 1980s through the words and pictures of The Jam. Using Derek D’Souza’s estate of rare and largely unpublished photographs, designed by ARCHIVUM’s Paul Skellett and written by Simon Wells.

By 1981, The Jam was undoubtedly Britain’s most popular band. With a string of top ten singles and albums and a fan base that was measured in the hundreds of thousands, the loyalty shown to them by their fans was akin to what the previous generation had bestowed on The Beatles.

Nonetheless, the group’s lead singer and writer Paul Weller, was not in a hurry to sit back on his laurels. A sharp observer of the inequalities of life, through his songs he’d noted the appalling and dire state of Britain in the early 1980s. Weller’s observations, told of a nation depressed and despondent – the opportunities for the young seemingly ring-fenced to a select few. Hailing from a working-class background, he’d escaped the predictability of a mundane existence and had followed his dream – and yet he never left the world he came from behind.

Despite the dismal and unforgiving landscape, the poet within Weller was receptive to the beauty within the country he evidently loved. In early 1980s, he’d read and adored Geoffrey Ashe’s extraordinary book, “Camelot and a Vision of The Albion” (http://www.gdprice.com/j/27590.JPG). Ashe’s book looked at how King Arthur’s wondrous and magical template for Britain – loaded with truth, honesty and integrity – was being eroded.

The ever inventive and receptive Weller saw a parallel with Arthur’s quest of embodying chivalry and integrity, qualities patently missing from the Britain of the early 1980s. Weller’s lyrics on The Jam’s Sound Affects album echoed heavily with
his observations. With tracks such as “Set The House Ablaze” and “Man In The Corner Shop” Weller’s writing was elevated to a new level. Soon after would come “Absolute Beginners” “Tales From The Riverbank” and “Funeral Pyre” – remarkable and precise despatches from a broken Britain at street level.

In 1981, few were expressing the decaying state of Britain– not least the pitiful organs of the mainstream press. As a result, it was left to the likes of the NME & Morning Star to voice the disquiet. But it was the fanzine writers and artists who depicted better than anyone what was really going on in the country. Naturally, Weller was in tune with this mood of dissent, and he had established Riot Stories a small publishing outfit that would give voice to the many who shared his viewpoint.

While the Jam weren’t the only band really communicating the disquiet, they were clearly the most outspoken group to occupy the top end of the charts, and their clarity of truth swept up legions of fans across the nation. On the group’s frequent concert tours of the UK, Weller took a sharp view of the landscape of Britain – especially beyond Watford where the so called beautiful South dissolved into the monochrome of the neglected and largely abandoned North of England. What he, and many others witnessed, was a truly broken and divided country. While the ruling classes put on a grubby show of decadence and unbridled wealth, the reality of over 3 million unemployed back-dropped by a diminishing industrial landscape, was a more than apparent nightmare for many.

“In Echoed Steps, The Jam and a Vision Of The Albion” revisits Britain in the early 1980s through the words and pictures of The Jam. Using Derek D’Souza’s estate of rare and largely unpublished photographs, it’s a remarkable journey back to a remarkable time.

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Standard Edition "The Jam and a Vision of The Albion"

Standard Edition "The Jam and a Vision of The Albion"
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Limited to 1000, the standard fan edition. “In Echoed Steps, The Jam and a Vision Of The Albion” revisits Britain in the early 1980s through the words and pictures of The Jam. Using Derek D’Souza’s estate of rare and largely unpublished photographs, it’s a remarkable journey back to a remarkable time.

In keeping with our policy of producing uniquely collectable books, none of our fan editions feature an ISBN number.

Pledge pre-orderers also get their name honoured in the books credits if ordered before 13/01/2017. NO LONGER AVAILABLE

price includes postage and packaging

The Chiswick House Session

The Chiswick House Session
£250
250.00
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Unique 12” Album Sleeve containing 5 HD photographic Lumejet prints.
(Signed Limited Edition of 150)

Derek D’Souza’s journey from fan to official photographer for The Jam is truly the stuff of legends.
Derek’s candid photographs of The Jam between the years 1980-1982 have become the definitive record of the band’s extraordinary career, and a unique time-piece of a remarkable era when the band ruled the airwaves.
In response to the phenomenal interest in the book “In Echoed Steps: The Jam and theVision of Albion – 1980-1982”, ‘Studio Skellett’ is delighted to announce the release of two limited edition folio compilations presenting Derek’s remarkable photographs restored and remastered by Paul Skellett.
This is your opportunity to own a true photographic collection of The Jam in a quality never previously seen, each folio contains five Lumejet photographic prints from either the classic Chiswick House shoot of August 1981, or live in concert signed by Derek D’Souza and Paul Skellett.
Whether finally framed or remaining contained within their own uniquely designed 12” album presentation sleeve, these folios will be a hugely collectable addition to anyone’s library of Jam memorabilia.
Each photograph, measuring 11×11 inches is printed using the revolutionary high definition LumeJet print system. The 5 curated images in each folio feature an embossed watermark of authentication, and they are presented in a uniquely designed commemorative LP album slipcase. Each folio comes with a certificate of authenticity, signed by Derek, Paul and Simon. The sets are numbered 1-150. Numbers assigned on a first come first served basis.

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The Jam - Live in the eye of Derek D’Souza

The Jam - Live in the eye of Derek D’Souza
£250
250.00
134 left

Unique 12” Album Sleeve containing 5 HD photographic Lumejet prints.
(Signed Limited Edition of 150)

Derek D’Souza’s journey from fan to official photographer for The Jam is truly the stuff of legends.
Derek’s candid photographs of The Jam between the years 1980-1982 have become the definitive record of the band’s extraordinary career, and a unique time-piece of a remarkable era when the band ruled the airwaves.
In response to the phenomenal interest in the book “In Echoed Steps: The Jam and theVision of Albion – 1980-1982”, ‘Studio Skellett’ is delighted to announce the release of two limited edition folio compilations presenting Derek’s remarkable photographs restored and remastered by Paul Skellett.
This is your opportunity to own a true photographic collection of The Jam in a quality never previously seen, each folio contains five Lumejet photographic prints from either the classic Chiswick House shoot of August 1981, or live in concert signed by Derek D’Souza and Paul Skellett.
Whether finally framed or remaining contained within their own uniquely designed 12” album presentation sleeve, these folios will be a hugely collectable addition to anyone’s library of Jam memorabilia.
Each photograph, measuring 11×11 inches is printed using the revolutionary high definition LumeJet print system. The 5 curated images in each folio feature an embossed watermark of authentication, and they are presented in a uniquely designed commemorative LP album slipcase. Each folio comes with a certificate of authenticity, signed by Derek, Paul and Simon. The sets are numbered 1-150. Numbers assigned on a first come first served basis.

prices include postage & packaging

Deluxe Edition "The Jam and a Vision of The Albion"

Deluxe Edition "The Jam and a Vision of The Albion"
£380
380.00
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Deluxe Hand Noted Fan Edition, limited to 20 copies. “In Echoed Steps, The Jam and a Vision Of The Albion” revisits Britain in the early 1980s through the words and pictures of The Jam. Using Derek D’Souza’s estate of rare and largely unpublished photographs, it’s a remarkable journey back to a remarkable time.

This edition will come with a set of 5 prints and contain hand written notes and thoughts about the making of the book and the shots from Derek, Simon Wells and Paul Skellett.

In keeping with our policy of producing uniquely collectable books, none of our fan editions feature an ISBN number.

Pledge pre-orderers also get their name honoured in the books credits if ordered before 13/01/2017. NO LONGER AVAILABLE.

price includes postage & packaging

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