Ian Stone: How The Jam saved me from the 70s

The broadcaster and comedian Ian Stone has explored his teenage obsession with his first book.

The memoir called ‘To Be Someone’ documents his time growing up in North London during the 1970s – a time he describes as one divided by racism, violence, riots and unemployment

However speaking to Anthony Baxter, he says life was uplifted by the arrival of The Jam and its frontman Paul Weller, who caught the attention of his friends, and led him on a journey to becoming an uberfan

The book, with illustrations by Phill Jupitus, is an account of the five years he spent following the group, taking up weekend jobs so he could go to gigs and being thrown out of a Brighton Hotel when Paul Weller
himself intervened and invited him and his mates into the bar.

Tanya Francis 10th June 2021


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