April 14, 2015

Paul Weller To Launch Into Tomorrow




Published this June 2015: Paul Weller’s  INTO TOMORROW offers 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 WellerBook.com of ‘Into Tomorrow’ by Paul Weller with photos by Lawrence Watson www.WellerBook.com

PAUL WELLER: ‘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…’ 

INTO TOMORROW 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.

PAUL WELLER: ‘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.’ Paul Weller and Lawrence Watson are signing each of the 2,000 numbered copies in the limited edition INTO TOMORROW book and vinyl set. 

THE PHOTOGRAPHYLAWRENCE WATSON: ‘Paul’s always very involved in choosing pictures; he’s got a great eye.’

Paul Weller has reviewed thousands of prints to decide the photographs that make up INTO TOMORROW. 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 for INTO TOMORROW.

PAUL WELLER: ‘Lawrence is always thinking ahead, looking for a backdrop or a certain light, looking for ideas.’ 

THE MANUSCRIPT: Weller introduces INTO TOMORROW and provides a narrative commentary throughout. In commenting on more than 20 years of photographs, he revisits his entire solo career for the first time. Lawrence Watson tells the story from behind the camera, adding recollections of gigs, recording sessions and tours, from London to San Francisco, to Tokyo and back. PAUL WELLER: ‘Much water has flowed, up and down.’

THE AUTHORS: INTO TOMORROW is Weller’s second limited edition with Genesis Publications. The sold-out A THOUSAND THINGS spanned The Jam and The Style Council; INTO TOMORROW is a detailed view of his solo career. 

Weller and Watson’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: Pre-order now from www.wellerbook.com U.S. Book Launch June 2015.

The highly anticipated brand new album Saturns Pattern was recorded in Wellers 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 albums such as Sonik Kicks (2012), As Is Now (2005), Studio 150 (2004)and Illumination (2002). 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 Skyhere. Click here to view the video for the album track “Long Time.”

Saturns Pattern is comprised of a strong nine-song cycle of futuristic sounds and styles. 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.

Be it heavy, soulful, psychedelic, spiritual or dance-inspired, the end results are consistently propulsive, uplifting and remarkably fresh in a way that you have never quite heard the Modfather before. “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.).

Tickets for Weller’s summer U.S. tour are on sale now. 

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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