‘I can be scratching around at home on an acoustic guitar, or singing a funny little idea into my phone, and all of a sudden, it becomes a beautiful fully fledged song. And I’m asking myself, how did we do that again? I still find that fascinating. It’s magic.’ – PAUL WELLER
In Magic: A Journal of Song, Paul Weller talks about his life and music through a personally curated selection of over 100 songs spanning his entire musical career.
As one of the most innovative and remarkable songwriters of the last 50 years, Paul Weller has proved to be the ultimate shapeshifter, moving from The Jam’s punk sensibilities to the genre-defying Style Council, and later through a remarkable 30-year solo career. Alongside Lennon and McCartney, Weller is one of few artists that has attained a UK number one album over five consecutive decades, and has also received career defining awards from the BRITs (Lifetime Achievement Award), NME Awards (Godlike Genius Award) and a GQ Award for Songwriter of the Year.
Magic: A Journal of Song is the definitive book of Weller’s songwriting career from founding The Jam in his teenage years, to creating The Style Council, through to his years as a solo musician. Offering unprecedented insight into Weller’s creative process, his lyrics are accompanied by more than 450 photographs and items of memorabilia, and an illuminating commentary of over 25,000 words. As told to journalist and author, Dylan Jones, Magic is Paul Weller’s most candid and intimate account of his musical life to date.
‘Paul Weller has proved that he is not only beyond reproach, in some senses he is quite possibly without equal.’ – DYLAN JONES OBE
‘The thing I have discovered is that music in its truest sense is beyond any trend or movement or category.’ – PAUL WELLER
Paul Weller, Dylan Jones