"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”.
"Jam Sessions presents the very best of his sessions with the band, supported by Martyn’s personal recollections, and his shoot journals, where he recorded the dates of his studio sessions. These journals provide a fascinating visual reference of the lighting set up and camera/ lenses he used, and also include some original polaroids taken by Martyn as part of the set up for the sessions. The polaroids are interesting historical documents, and while not capable of pin sharp enlargement because of their small original size (just 6 x 6 cm), they are an important part of the story.
"For those growing up with the Jam, picture sleeves provided important visual references and studying them in detail was standard activity on release day. What was Paul Weller wearing? Where could you buy it? It all meant something when you were invested heavily in this band. By spending time with Martyn’s surviving archive, as presented in this book, we better appreciate his role in documenting the group’s image in this golden period marking their ascendancy on the UK music scene.
"This is a limited edition hardcover book—just 350 individually signed and numbered copies are being offered to collectors worldwide. Each book is housed in a presentation box and is accompanied by a signed and numbered limited edition print of an image of The Jam from the David Watts cover session in 1978." More info at Snap Galleries.
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