Somerset House are opening up the archives of superstar band The Jam with a spectacular new tribute retrospective to one of the greatest musical talents around. For their summer exhibition, Somerset House, in collaboration with Nice Time Inc Productions, presents the first comprehensive exhibition dedicated to the British punk band. Leading the mod revival in the late 1970s and early 80s, The Jam clocked up a wapping 18 consecutive UK top 40 singles and more than 14 million global album sales during their brief yet influential career.
Curated by Nicky Weller, the former head of the band’s fan club and Paul Weller’s sister, Tory Turk, Russell Reader and DJ Gary Crowley, this show tracks the band’s phenomenal journey from the corridors of Woking’s Sheerwater Secondary Modern school in 1977 to their break-up in 1982. Besides the album covers the exhibition includes many of the promotional posters from the band, which featured dynamic and bold typographic compositions