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Boy About Town Number 36: Jamming


Chapter by Chapter excerpts from Boy About Town: A Memoir, published by Windmill Books/William Heinemann.

Once I got over the disappointing realisation that In the City had not been an original fanzine title, I felt relieved: changing its name would allow for something of a fresh start. This time I chose a Bob Marley song, one which had been all over the radio on its way to his first Top Ten hit: ‘Jamming’. It had a good rhythm to it. It embraced reggae as well as rock. Anyone who knew about music knew that jamming was a term for getting together to play, without sheet music, just letting the groove take you where it would. In fact, it was the phrase from which The Jam had taken their own name. It occurred to me (how could it not?) that I was throwing out one title that referred to my new favourite group and replacing it with another. But I figured people would see beyond that: they’d know that Jamming wasn’t really named for The Jam, wouldn’t they?

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