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From the band’s first single, In The City in April 1977, to their last, Beat Surrender in November 1982, The Jam went from new wave also-rans to arguably the biggest band in Britain.
The Jam On Track covers every song released by the group during their five-and-a-half-year career that saw them have thirteen top twenty singles and five top ten albums in the UK. It also includes analysis of of demos and little-known recordings from various compilation albums released after the band’s demise.
For both the dedicated and the curious, this book guides you through the career of one of Britain’s musical giants.
Stan Jeffries, Sheffield born and fled. North, to Newcastle, where he lived and worked for seven years and wrote The Encyclopaedia of World Pop Music 1980-2001 in his spare time. He spent a dozen or so years touring the globe with any band who’d have him. Laughably, he called this a job. His first Jam album was All Mod Cons and his first Jam show was in Leicester during the 1979 Setting Sons tour. Currently, he lives in Andalusia, Spain, where he struggles to make himself understood by the natives.