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.

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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… Desperately Seeking Paul : Paul Weller Fan Podcast

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; Wilko Johnson, 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.
We’re talking Mick Talbot (Check out Podcast Episode 35) , Rick Buckler (Podcast Episode 42), Steve White, Dee C Lee (yet to appear on the podcast – but fingers-crossed for one day!), Jam designer Bill Smith (Podcast Episode 39) and photographers Derek D’Souza (Podcast Episode 72) , and Martyn Goddard (Podcast Episode 41).
There will be more events and very special performances (currently embargoed) 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…

Sat 30 July – Wilko Johnson

Fri 12 August – The Dualers

Sat 13 August – London Calling play ‘The Clash’

Weds 17 & Thur 18 August – Bruce Foxton’s From The Jam

Saturday 20 August – The Style Councillors and special Honorary Councillors as guests

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

Sunday 28 August – We are the Mods
 one-off concert featuring Secret Affair, The 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.

This month-long homage for Mod’s, fans of The Jam and The Style Council and lovers of UK culture, will have a modernistbar, a selection of street and locally sourced food and plenty of scooters to admire.

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 exhibition will be designed in reference to album artworks and will feature exclusive images from the archive of photographers including Martyn Goddard, Jill Furmanovsky and Derek D’Souza, providing a unique and personal vision into The Jam’s trailblazing life and the retrospect legacy they left on music, style, politics and culture.

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 11-7pm between Saturday 30th July – Monday 29th August 2022 at Valley Gardens, St Peter’s Place, Brighton BN2 9QB

Evening entertainment and special events run from 7pm-11pm.

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