Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Paul Weller photo book set for June

Set for publication in June, Paul Weller's Into Tomorrow is a pictorial record of his solo years from 1992 onward. Captioned with his handwritten text, Weller has selected over 800 photos taken by friend and photographer, Lawrence Watson.

Nearly 300 pages will be published in a leather-bound volume with previously unheard live recordings on an accompanying 10" vinyl disc. Housed in an acrylic slipcase, each numbered book will be signed by Paul Weller and Lawrence Watson. Only 2,000 copies worldwide, available from of 'Into Tomorrow' by Paul Weller with photos by Lawrence Watson

"When I look back to the early shots from 1992, I was starting to write and play (and, importantly, want to play) again. I'd been 'away' for a while and didn't know what, if anything, to expect," said the musician.

It is Paul Weller's visual chronicle of his 22-year solo career. Annotated with his own text captions, Weller is retracing his steps in 800 mostly unseen images, now being shared by photographer, Lawrence Watson.

"So many memories come back. Some of the pictures make me mourn the passing of time. Some of the times I couldn't wait to get away from. Lawrence has been there to document most of them. He is part of our crew," said Weller. 

He and Watson are signing each of the 2,000 numbered copies in the limited edition book and vinyl set.

Weller has reviewed thousands of prints to decide the photographs that make up the book. His recording sessions are seen from an insider's perspective, at work on albums such as Wild Wood. Similarly, Weller's tours - from Amsterdam to New York and from the O2 to 100 Club. Shoots have produced album covers such as Modern Classics 1 and 2, As Is Now and Studio 150. Videos captured by Watson have included 'The Changingman' and 'Out of the Sinking.' Weller and Watson are now revealing the outtakes. 

"Lawrence is always thinking ahead, looking for a backdrop or a certain light, looking for ideas," said Weller.

The pair's working relationship began in 1988. Weller was impressed with Watson's photography used for the Confessions of a Pop Group album cover. Since The Style Council, Paul Weller has released 11 studio albums, five live albums, 39 singles and three EPs - nearly all of which feature Watson's photography.

Pre-order now from U.S. Book Launch June 2015.

The upcoming album Saturns Pattern was recorded in Weller's own Black Barn Studio and produced by Jan "Stan" Kybert (Oasis, Bjork, Massive Attack, etc.). Weller and Kybert have worked together extensively in the past on previous albums.

Saturns Pattern is currently available for pre-order HERE in a variety of formats: Standard CD, Deluxe CD/DVD set, vinyl album, and Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set with CD/DVD/vinyl album.The digital formats will be available in standard and deluxe editions with the deluxe edition featuring previously unreleased bonus tracks. iTunes versions are exclusively mastered. Those who pre-order will receive an instant download of the track "White Sky." Watch the video for "White Sky" here. Click here to view the video for the album track "Long Time."

Comprised of a strong nine-song cycle of futuristic sounds and styles, the new album's drums were recorded by Ben Gordelier, keyboards and backing vocals by Andy Crofts both from Weller's band, additional guitar parts were contributed by Steve Cradock (Paul Weller Band, Ocean Colour Scene), Josh McClorey (The Strypes), and Steve Brookes, with whom Weller formed the short-lived original line-up of The Jam in 1972.

"It's a little bit of a leap into the unknown really," says Weller. "I don't know where it will take me... It's got a lot of movement to it. I think that it's going to be a bit of an inspiration to people," he recently quoted in Q Magazine (U.K.).

As previously mentioned, Paul Weller hitting the road this summer. VIP packages and pre-sale tickets available now:
Paul Weller Premium Package includes-
- 1 General Admission ticket
- 1 Exclusive Litho Signed by Paul Weller

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U.S. tour: 

June 9 9:30 Club Washington, DC
June 10 Union Transfer Philadelphia, PA
June 12 Terminal 5 New York, NY
June 13 Paradise Rock Club Boston, MA
June 14 Upstate Concert Hall Clifton Park, NY
June 15 Danforth Music Hall Toronto, ON
June 17 Vic Theatre Chicago, IL
June 18 The Vogue Indianapolis, IN
June 19 Mr. Smalls Theatre Pittsburgh, PA
June 20 Music Hall Williamsburg Brooklyn, NY

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