To Be Someone: A Memoir about One Teenager's Obsession with The Jam (UK Edition)
'I really liked this book. I'd forgotten how shitit was in the seventies' Paul WellerThe Jam released their debut single, ‘In The City’, in May 1977.At that time, no-one was happy in Britain, particularly not in IanStone's house. He was fourteen and his days consisted of going toschool, watching Arsenal play terrible football and listening tohis parents’ marriage disintegrating. Outside, the country wasdivided – by racism, violence, inner-city riots, police corruption,unemployment and terrorism.But late one evening in 1978, Ian's eyes and ears were opened toan entirely new world. The Jam walked onstage at London's MusicMachine to a huge roar, and launched into ninety blistering minutesof some of the best pop tunes ever written. It was easily the mostexciting moment of his life. To Be Someone is a freewheeling account of thefive years Ian spent in the grip of obsession. He took weekend jobsso he could go to gigs; he tried to sneak into the HammersmithOdeon and ended up stuck on the roof; he was on the point of beingthrown out of a Brighton hotel when Paul Weller himself intervenedand invited him and his mates back into the bar.Above all, this memoirpays tribute to the band that helped Ian,and many others, to grow up amid the turbulence of Britain in thelate 1970s and early 1980s. When Paul Weller eventually announcedthat the Jam were splitting up, Ian was devastated: but for him,and for everyone who followed them on that five-year journey, thelove still runs deep.