Christmas is just around the corner so here’s a quick guide to what’s new in 2021 for Paul Weller Fans…
We’re talking books, art, albums, jewellery, mugs, badges even Xmas cards that feature the main man!
I’ve assumed that anything released pre-2021 has already been bought!
Many of the people below have also featured on my podcasts throughout the year so do dive in to listen to stories from them over the year too.
Add comments for any other recommendations and I’ll add to the page.
Christmas Cards from Modern Glassics
These Paul Weller style Charity Christmas cards are designed and drawn by Steve ‘Tufty’ Carver with elements added by Modern Glassics Designs.
Buy them here
These 6″x 6″ square cards come in a pack of six, (3 x black jacket design / 3 x white jacket design) with 3 different greetings and each card is left blank inside for your own message.
20% of each sale goes direct to Woking’s Sam Beare Hospice.
Black Barn Mug from Modern Glassics
Paul Weller HQ has come up a lot on our podcast – so celebrate the magic of Black Barn with your own special mug from Modern Glassics.
As seen in the recent Weller rehearsals videos on social media!
Buy them here
Pin Badges & More from Love Weller Live
2021 Steve Wheatley’s labour of love began in Lockdown as tours cancelled & we unmade plans. His Love Weller Live pins celebrated our precious Weller ‘live’ experience. Many months & 20 pins later… We’re BACK with live performances at the tale end of the year.
See & buy from the collection here
Book – Scorcha! from Paul ‘Smiler’ Anderson and Mark Baxter
Scorcha!: Skins, Suedes and Style from the Streets 1967–73 delves into the roots, rise and fall of the Suedeheads and their close companions the Skinheads. Covering topics from fashion and football to the influence of black music and culture, the book draws on first-hand accounts from the original skin-suede generation and later adopters, such as Paul Weller and Norman Jay MBE.
Album – Arrivals from Declan O’Rourke (Produced by Paul Weller)
Declan’s new Paul Weller-produced Arrivals is the most emotionally raw and affecting album of his career. Recorded over six days at Black Barn studios in Surrey, with Paul producing, Arrivals sees the sound stripped back to Declan’s soulful and resonant voice, the virtuosic acoustic guitar playing for which he’s renowned and only the occasional sparse arrangement of strings and late-night drums bringing colour and light to the LP’s 10 songs.
1983 – The Style Council from Iain Munn
Mr Cool’s Dream author Iain Munn brought us a unique celebration of The Style Council in 2021 as he created Volume 1 of his 25th Anniversary Collectors Series kicking off with the year 1983.
Written as if “today” is Sunday 1st January 1984 with no knowledge of future band events, songs or releases, bringing you back to the month by month excitement and unpredictability of that era. 3 BBC sessions, 4 Singles, 20 New Songs, 22 Live Performances, European Tour, Solid Bond Studios, Respond Records, Paris, Brockwell Park, The Torch Society, Honorary Councillors, Mini LP – a full on, fascinating debut year!
This is a great gift for any fan of The Style Council – you can buy it here
Photography / Framed Prints from Andy Crofts
Paul Weller Bandmate and founding member of The Moons has created a few collections of signed and framed prints from his book – Paul – in time for Christmas. You can order at andycroftsphotography.com
Book – Modfather – Photography by Steve Rapport
The Modfather Book by Photographer Steve Rapport spans the years 1981-1986 – and what a delight it is to see the images that Steve has pulled from his archive (more than 90) – including The Jam and The Style Council, photos from the Long Hot Summer & Lodgers videos and photos from the Red Wedge Tour of 1986.
Each copy of this self-published 2021 book is hand-signed by Steve.
You can buy the book here
Art from Fat Pop Album Cover creator Alex Borg
Alex Borg is also known as The Stereo Typist. The man who created the fabulous cover art for Fat Pop (Volume 1). You can find more of his fabulous designs and prints inspired by modernism and pop culture at thestereotypist.com
Alex Borg on Yé-Yé ….. “The French pop of the 60s was full of fun and colour and memorable performers. It reminds me of being in a musical candy store and that was the inspiration behind this artwork which caught the eye of Paul Weller and formed a starting point for the cover art to Fat Pop Volume 1.”
Book – Jam Sessions – Photographs from Martyn Goddard
For avid consumers of Jam vinyl in the late seventies and early eighties, Martyn Goddard’s photographs need little introduction. His images appear on the cover of their first album, In The City, and their fifth, Sound Affects. In between, his photographs were used on the front covers of a flurry of picture sleeve singles: All Around The World, The Modern World, News of The World, David Watts/ ‘A’ Bomb in Wardour Street, Down in the Tube Station at Midnight, and finally Strange Town.
Published in 2021, this beautiful signed and numbered limited edition book features around 150 photographs and personal recollections from Martyn’s eight sessions with the Jam from 1977 to 1980. You can buy the book here
Jewellery from All Mod Charms
Created by the fabulous Jennifer Marsh (AKA All Mod Charms) – her designs are inspired by a whole range of Paul’s work – but as it’s 2021, how about celebrating the latest LP with this beaded necklace that uses glass and brass letter beads to spell out FAT POP PAUL WELLER. It’s 35 0r 26 inches long with a brass clasp.
Head to the shop here
Book – From the Floorboards Up! from Jon Abnett
I’ve had a sneak preview of this one and it’s a brilliant insight into the live experience as all the photos in this new book are from live events in the UK and overseas, taken from 1990 to 2019. Jon joined me on Episode 62 of the podcast to take a walk through the book and how it contains many unseen shots all taken by the fans! It’s a very unique book, with narrative by Pat Gilbert (MOJO), interviews with fans and reflections from some bands lucky enough to have supported Paul on tour during those 30 years.
eBook – Pop Art Poems – The Music of The Jam from Shaun Hand
The original print run of Pop Art Poems from Shaun Hand is now a rare collector’s item, but with this revised second edition for e-book, fans of The Jam and Paul Weller no longer need to scour eBay to enjoy one of the most definitive books about the best band in f**cking world. Buy the book here
Badge – Paul Weller Fan Podcast!
Our friends at This Is Now Design have created this fabulous and very exclusive enamel pin to celebrate The Paul Weller Fan Podcast…
- Limited edition, Metal butterfly clasp, Premium quality, metal enamel badge
- Size: 38 mm dia, 1.5 mm thick
- Buy yours here
Book – Cover Stories from Bill Smith
I chatted on the podcast with Bill Smith about his work and his beautiful 2021 book Cover Stories, hearing stories about the creation of album and single covers for The Jam from In The City to This is the Modern World to All Mod Cons, Setting Sons and Sound Affects along with work with the likes of Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, King Crimson, Eric Clapton, Toyah, Johnny Thunders, Genesis, Queen and Mike Oldfield.
In Cover Stories you’ll find the stories of 70 plus albums including contributions from the bands, the artists, photographers and painters involved. You can buy the book here
Photographs from Derek D’Souza
Derek D’Souza started taking photos of Paul Weller over 40 years ago – snapping The Jam at various gigs and soundchecks before the famous shoot at Chiswick House in London. He has created loads of iconic images that would make a great gift for any fan of the band. And if Weller Solo is more your thing, there is plenty to choose from, you can even bring it bang up to date the latest Weller 2021 tour. Browse & buy photographs here and if you wanted to give a gift for 2022, check out the 40th Anniversary Edition of his book In The Crowd at ourfavourite.shop
Album – An Orchestrated Songbook from Paul Weller
Paul Weller performed an exceptional concert with the hugely talented BBC Symphony Orchestra and award winning arranger Jules Buckley on 15th May 2021. This extraordinary performance saw a quintessential selection of his vast catalogue exquisitely reworked and updated into 75 minutes of breath-taking music that was broadcast across the BBC. The setlist includes classic tracks across Paul’s The Jam, Style Council and solos career. It also features choice cuts from Paul’s last three studio albums, (including his recent No 1 album’s ‘On Sunset’ and ‘Fat Pop Volume 1’).
You can buy it here