An exhibition dedicated to one of the most influential bands of the last 40 years is opening in Liverpool next week – and curators want fans’ memorabilia to be part of it.
About The Young Idea is the most comprehensive exploration of the music, background, political and social impact of The Jam.
The new exhibition, which opens to the public on Friday 1 July, combines the latest interactive technology with incredible, never before seen archives which chart the rise and success of the band often described as ‘the voice of a generation’.
Curated by frontman Paul Weller’s sister Nicky, Russell Reader and Den Davis, the team are currently on site at the iconic Cunard Building coordinating the build of the experience.
They are asking fans of The Jam to temporarily donate any memorabilia they have for a special section of the exhibition dedicated to the commitment and loyalty of the mods and rockers.
The team are after donations such as items of clothing, guitars, posters and even a Jam-related scooter.
Nicky said: “We obviously have huge and varied archives which are going on display, but our previous exhibition at Somerset House last year really highlighted the fact that the passion and love for The Jam is still strong today and fans want to find a way of sharing their loyalty to the band.
“Loads of people tell me all the time about different items of clothing or unique merchandise that they have kept for decades and would never dream of throwing out, so this is a chance for them to put their dedication on show and let other fans admire the gems they have been storing over the years.”
Den added: “In my opinion, the Jam fans are like no other and we think it will be a nice nod to them to include them in Liverpool’s showcase.
“There are many items we would love to see – in particular, I want to know if anyone out there has the black and white suit Paul wore for a Manchester Apollo gig in 1979 – I’d be very pleased to see that once again in the flesh.”
Anyone who would like to loan a piece of memorabilia should email firstname.lastname@example.org. The items are required by 29 June, but alternatively they can be added throughout the run of the showcase.
The exhibition in the Cunard Building will run until Sunday 25 September and this will be the last time it will be on view in the UK.
Tickets for the show will cost up to £9.50, with discounts at off-peak times, and are limited each day to ensure the best possible experience for audiences. For more information, or to buy tickets, visit www.nicetimeinc.com