Somerset House is delving into The Jam’s archives to bring you an intimate look into the band for their new summer exhibition, ‘The Jam: About the Young Idea’. It’s being curated by Nicky Weller, sister of front man Paul Weller and former head of The Jam’s fan club, as well as Tory Turk and Russell Reader. They’ve dug up unseen material and fan memorabilia including handwritten lyrics, stage outfits, personal photographs and footage, unreleased music videos, early scrapbooks, letters and postcards, posters and fanzines and the band’s instruments.
The show is the first comprehensive exhibition dedicated to The Jam, and it’s starting at the very beginning with one of the opening rooms set up like a ’60s/’70s living room filled with trinkets from the band members’ childhoods, as well as the Weller family vinyl collection. Moving swiftly through the awkward teen years, the show will devote a room to each of the six studio albums before finishing up with the band’s last gig in Brighton in 1982. Put June 26 in your diary now, Jam fans.
‘The Jam: About the Young Idea’ will run June 26–August 31. Find out what else is going on at Somerset House.