FILM REVIEW: THE JAM – ABOUT THE YOUNG IDEA

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We wanna say, we gonna tell ya/About the young idea/And if it don’t work, at least we still tried… (“In the City” – Paul Weller)

The Jam (1972 – 1982) was more than a band, it was a way of life, a way of thinking. And of course, a documentary about The Jam just cannot be a run-of-the-mill documentary.

Director Bob Smeaton does a bang-up job in telling the story of The Jam, not only through the memories of its principal figures viz. Paul Weller, Bruce Foxton and Rich Buckler but also through the lives of individuals touched by the band, for instance, actor Martin Freeman, music journalist Barry Cain, record label executive Chris Parry, musician Steve Craddock, Acid Jazz co-founder Eddie Piller et al.

In these impassioned testimonies, one thing came through strongly – that The Jam’s reinvention of the 60s Mod ethos propelled these fans to believe in themselves and achieve their dreams and even beyond. Now, how many pop bands can claim that? Thus, rather than being satisfied with presenting a by-the-numbers history of the band, About the Young Idea offers up the very definition of belief and inspiration.

Essential.

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