News on This Is The Modern World – the most comprehensive exhibition on The Jam and The Style Council…

The ultimate exhibition of memorabilia of The Jam and The Style Council !

We last heard from Nicky Weller back in February 2021 on The Paul Weller Fan Podcast as she was planning for a huge new exhibition on The Jam & The Style Council.
Excitingly more details have now been revealed – check out my chat with Nicky below – and what we now have is an exhibition featuring the biggest collection of memorabilia ever created around Paul Weller’s career and so, the biggest question that I have to ask is…

Will my wife be ok with me taking the Summer off work to decamp to Brighton?

Because this sounds magnificent – to the point that my brain can barely compute the information.
This exhibition is a must visit for any fan of the band(s) – but let’s be honest – it sounds like it’s going to have to be a must-re-visit for many of us throughout it’s four week run too.
The team behind This Is The Modern World have also announced a whole bunch of exciting live performances, special talks and screenings that will feature during the residency in Brighton.

Book tickets from 29th July – 29th August 2022 at

BONUS PODCAST – 12th MAY 2022 – Nicky Weller chats with me about the upcoming exhibition…

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BONUS – Nicky Weller on Brighton Exhibition – This is the Modern World – The ultimate exhibition of previously unseen The Jam & The Style Council memorabilia… Paul Weller Fan Podcast : Desperately Seeking Paul

I spent a few years of my life living in Brighton in the 00s and it’s a magical city with an incredible vibe and culture.
The exhibition will be situated in Valley Gardens in the heart of a city which was the location featured on the cover artwork of seminal Jam album Setting Sons (if push came to shove, my favourite album from the band – or at least it is if you ask me right now!). It was also made legendary by the 1979 cult film Quadrophenia of course.
Artists announced to perform live during the run include; The Selector, Wilko Johnson, Nick Heyward, The Rifles, The Dualers, From The Jam – Bruce Foxton & Russell Hastings (Podcast Episode 3), Stone Foundation, Secret Affair, The Truth, The Chords UK and The Style Councillors (with the added promise of “featuring very special guests”). These extras will be held at St Peter’s Church, beside Valley Gardens.

A special screening of Quadrophenia followed by a Q&A with cast-members Phil Daniels, Leslie Ash, Mark Wingett and Trevor Laird will take place on the August bank holiday weekend.

Hugely exciting is also the news that talks, special appearances and book-signings will be scheduled with so many of the key players from periods of The Jam & The Style Council.

I’m delighted to reveal that I will be hosting two very special events. (Hit the links for tickets)

Q&A with Rick Buckler on Weds 10th August following a screening of ‘The Story of The Jam’ documentary.
Q&A with Mick Talbot and Steve White on Thurs 25th August following a ‘Long Hot Summers’ documentary screening with unseen footage.

There will be more events and very special performances announced in the coming weeks so keep an eye on the official channels for more information as it’s revealed –

The whole thing promises to be a massive celebration for fans of The Jam, The Style Council and of course Paul Weller – whilst also no doubt also offering a huge amount for music aficionados and those curious of the lifestyle. This huge collection of rare, mainly unseen material and fan memorabilia will be accompanied by live bands, film screenings, Q&A’s and guided tours from curator, Nicky Weller.

The line-up of concerts and exclusive events includes…

Fri 29 July – The Selector + Dakka Skanks

Sat 30 July – Wilko Johnson + Nine Below Zero

Fri 5 August – Nick Heyward + Lapels

Sat 6 August – The Rifles + Special Guests

Wed 10 August – Rick Buckler Q&A

Fri 12 August – The Dualers

Sat 13 August – London Calling play ‘The Clash’

Weds 17 & Thur 18 August – From The Jam Unplugged – Bruce Foxton & Russell Hastings

Saturday 20 August – The Style Councillors and special Honorary Councillors as guests
Including Camelle Hinds, Steve Sidelnyk, Chris Bostock & Jaye Ella Ruth

Thur 25 AugustLong Hot Summers plus Q&A with Mick Talbot and Steve White

Friday 26 August – Stone Foundation with special guest Steve White from The Style Council

Saturday 27 August – We are the Mods
 one-off all-dayer featuring Secret Affair, The Vapors, Chords UK and other Mod Revival Artists.

A special screening of Quadrophenia followed by a Q&A with original cast-members Phil Daniels, Leslie Ash, Mark Wingett and Trevor Laird on August bank holiday.

What you can see…

The exhibition takes its title from The Jam’s second studio album released (45 years ago) in 1977 and charts the trio’s journey from Woking to superstardom until their split six years later before passing into the era of The Style Council with an additional room of never before-seen memorabilia.

The personal archives of Paul Weller, Bruce Foxton and Rick Buckler, the Weller family, including a designated area for John Weller, Mick Talbot and Steve White from The Style Council plus the collections of devoted Weller fans worldwide, all make up the content of this show.

Nicky Weller commented, “We want the fans to be involved in this exhibition and to include their memories and special items from The Jam days and will be curating a new area of the exhibition to showcase these. Anyone interested, please do get in touch with pictures of what you would like to include in the exhibition –

Expect to wander through an Underground station to witness the band’s formative years in the ‘Stanley Road room’, including Paul’s own school books and archive family photos from the early years.  Each room will reveal iconic items from every year of the band’s career with the ultimate vinyl collection.  Together with a mass of memorabilia and the band’s instruments, including Paul’s iconic Whaaam! guitar and stunning mod-wear flanked by customised Jam scooters.

The most comprehensive exhibition about The Jam and The Style Council, This Is The Modern World is the ultimate exhibition off memorabilia for modernist, culture history and music lovers.

Produced by AGMP and sponsored by Visit Brighton. 

This Is The Modern World will be open daily from between Saturday 30th July – Monday 29th August 2022 at Valley Gardens, St Peter’s Place, Brighton BN2 9QB

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