First, there was tThe Jam, the '70s trio whose songs expanded from the edgy punk of its time to anthems capturing the 20th century British zeitgeist. Next, in the '80s came the jazz, Mod, and soul-inspired Style Council. Then, there is a two and a half decade solo career, and an expansive exploration of blues rock. All of which adds up to a considerable legacy, but Paul Weller, the man behind all of this, isn’t done yet.
This month, an exhibition charting the history of Weller’s first band, “The Jam: About The Young Idea,” opens at London's Somerset House. It’s a major honor, but Weller is fairly nonchalant. “I know nothing about that, because I’ve not organized it. But I’m very proud they’re doing it. I’ve given them some stuff. I’m sure it’s well-researched, with lots of different artifacts.” Will Weller pop along to see it, we wonder? He hasn’t given it much thought, he says, adding: “I’ll have to, I guess.”