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To Be Someone
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To Be Someone (Hardback)

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'I really liked this book. I'd forgotten how shit it was in the seventies' Paul Weller





The Jam released their debut single, 'In The City', in May 1977. At that time, no-one was happy in Britain, particularly not in Ian Stone's house. He was fourteen and his days consisted of going to school, watching Arsenal play terrible football and listening to his parents' marriage disintegrating. Outside, the country was divided - by racism, violence, inner-city riots, police corruption, unemployment and terrorism.



But late one evening in 1978, Ian's eyes and ears were opened to an entirely new world. The Jam walked onstage at London's Music Machine to a huge roar, and launched into ninety blistering minutes of some of the best pop tunes ever written. It was easily the most exciting moment of his life.



To Be Someone is a freewheeling account of the five years Ian spent in the grip of obsession. He took weekend jobs so he could go to gigs; he tried to sneak into the Hammersmith Odeon and ended up stuck on the roof; he was on the point of being thrown out of a Brighton hotel when Paul Weller himself intervened and invited him and his mates back into the bar.



Above all, this memoir pays tribute to the band that helped Ian, and many others, to grow up amid the turbulence of Britain in the late 1970s and early 1980s. When Paul Weller eventually announced that the Jam were splitting up, Ian was devastated: but for him, and for everyone who followed them on that five-year journey, the love still runs deep.

BiographyMemoirsHistory & PoliticsHistory: specific events & topicsSocial & cultural historyMusic & DanceMusic BooksMusic: styles & genresPunk, New Wave & Indie Publisher: Unbound Publication Date: 25/06/2020 ISBN-13: 9781783527663  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Ian Stone is a stand-up comedian, broadcaster and podcaster. He has gigged all over the world, and appeared on several television programmes such as The 11 O'Clock Show, Never Mind The Buzzcocks and Mock the Week. He spent six years co-presenting Rock and Roll Football on Absolute Radio with Ian Wright, and appeared regularly on Alan Davies' podcast about Arsenal FC, The Tuesday Club. He currently hosts the breakfast show on LOVE SPORT Radio every weekday morning. @iandstone

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