By John Curley
Following on from two very successful exhibitions on The Jam in London in 2015 and Liverpool in 2016, archivist Den Davis is curating a third exhibition at Brighton Museum in Brighton, England. Titled The Jam: Cover Stars and presented by Davis’ company About The Young Idea, the exhibition opened on April 26th and will run through October 2nd. The exhibition, which takes place in the museum’s Prints & Drawings Gallery, features many of the magazine and music press covers on which The Jam appeared from 1977 to 1982. Other items are also included, such as the drum kit of The Jam’s drummer, Rick Buckler, stage outfits and films. Buckler attended the exhibition’s opening.
Davis has the largest archive of The Jam’s vinyl and memorabilia in the world. He started on his journey in November 1979, when, as a 12-year-old, he first saw The Jam, which also featured singer, songwriter and guitarist Paul Weller and bassist Bruce Foxton, in concert. Enthused by what he had witnessed at the show, Davis soon began collecting magazine covers featuring the band.
Exhibition attendees can download the free VCode App on their smartphone. Doing so will enable them to read each interview associated with the cover feature and find out more about the publications and the photographers whose work was featured in the articles and on the covers.
Regarding the exhibition, Davis stated, “It’s 40 years this year since The Jam played their last ever show at The Brighton Centre and little did we know that the band would leave such a legacy and bring us all back together here in Brighton.”
The Jam released six albums from 1977 to 1982. Following their final show in December 1982, Weller went on to form The Style Council. He has been a solo artist since 1991. Foxton has played with several bands since the breakup of The Jam, most notably Stiff Little Fingers and From The Jam. He has released several albums under his own name. In From The Jam, he performs the songs of The Jam along with his musical partner Russell Hastings. After The Jam’s split, Buckler went on to perform with The Time UK and The Gift as well as partnering with Foxton in From The Jam for several years. Since leaving From The Jam, he has authored several books.
Visitors to Brighton in August will be able to see two exhibitions related to The Jam: this one and This Is The Modern World, a celebration of both The Jam and The Style Council, that will take place at Brighton’s Valley Gardens throughout August.
The Jam: Cover Stars is free with admission to the museum. It is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is closed on Mondays, except for Bank Holidays when it will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Additional information about the exhibition can be found at https://brightonmuseums.org.uk/brighton/exhibitions-displays/the-jam-cover-stars/.