The Jam In The City

The Jam In The City

“Liverpool was and still is such a brilliant city for us to play in…”

One of the most important British bands of the last forty years, The Jam unites music, politics and a generation intent on social change from the ground – and the guitar – up.

Now, their influence and legacy will be explored in the premiere of a new interactive exhibition which opens in Liverpool this summer.

The show – About the Young Idea – has been curated by the sister of frontman Paul Weller. Nicky, along with Russell Reader and Den Davies, has collected many never before seen items from the band’s private archive including memorabilia collected by their ferociously loyal fan base.

The Jam
The Jam

A landmark in music exhibitions, visitors will be able to Engage in a new way using an app developed by Stikit and Video ®technology. Free to use, the app will allow visitors to get extra exclusive content and to interact with the exhibits. The app lets people store up to five show exhibits, so they can revisit them once they’ve left the exhibition.

About the Young Idea was at Somerset House last summer, but this new exhibition in the Cunard Building is expanded and interactive. Nicky Weller says, “Last year at Somerset House we were taken aback at how the fans reacted to the exhibition. People from around the world got in contact saying that they wanted to see more, so we’ve spent the last year working on a show which is, without doubt, the most in depth look at the band there has been.”

It's Liverpool magazine Summer 2016 - Out now. Download here.
It’s Liverpool magazine Summer 2016 – Out now. Download here.

Paul Weller adds that Liverpool, a UNESCO city of Music, is the perfect fit for the show:

“Liverpool was (and still is) always such a brilliant city for us to play in and it’s great that The Jam exhibition is moving here. I’m hoping everyone enjoys looking back over the good ole’ days!”

And there have been plenty of them around these parts. The Jam has played some memorable gigs in Liverpool, the Modfather’s intimate charity gig for Be One Percent at the East Village Art Club, to nights of post-punk fire and fury at the legendary basement dive of Mathew Street’s Eric’s (you’re way too young to remember, yeah?)

Rick Buckler, the band’s drummer remembers: “We played some of our most enjoyable shows at Eric’s, and latterly at the Empire. I’ve got lots of great memories of the city’s amazing audiences.”

This is the final encore for the show. And you know what the man says: it won’t be reforming. So get down to the waterfront this summer.

1 July – 25 September
Cunard Building

Published: 28/06/2016