April 14, 2015 – (Burbank, CA) — To be 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.
“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…,” says Weller of that period of his career.
“So many memories come back,” he adds. “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’s always very involved in choosing pictures; he’s got a great eye,” says Watson.
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.’
“Lawrence is always thinking ahead, looking for a backdrop or a certain light, looking for ideas,” says Weller.
Weller has written the introduction to 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. 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.
Weller and Watson are signing each of the 2,000 numbered copies in the limited edition Into Tomorrow book and vinyl set. It will be available from WellerBook.com.
Into Tomorrow is Weller’s second limited edition with Genesis Publications. The sold-out A Thousand Things spanned The Jam and The Style Council.
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.
Before the publication of Into Tomorrow, Weller will be releasing the brand new album Saturns Pattern, recorded in his own Black Barn Studio and produced by Jan “Stan” Kybert (Oasis, Bjork, Massive Attack, etc.).
Saturns Pattern will be available 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. 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.”
Weller will also be touring this summer and 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