Paul Weller (born 25 May 1958) is an iconic English singer, songwriter and musician. Weller achieved fame with the punk rock/new wave/mod revival band The Jam. He had further success with the blue-eyed soul music of The Style Council (1983–89), before establishing himself as a solo artist in 1991.
Despite widespread critical recognition as a singer, lyricist, and guitarist, Weller has remained a national, rather than international, star and much of his songwriting is rooted in British culture. He is also the principal figure of the 1970s and 1980s mod revival, and is often referred to as The Modfather.
Paul Weller was born in Woking, England in a working class neighbourhood. He was brought up in Stanley Road; the street name was later used for the title of one of Weller's solo albums.
He wanted to form a band from the age of around 10 and aged 12, he was given a guitar by his family and he learned to play along with the music that he listened to. At 14, he played his first gig with his friend Steve Brooks at the Walton Road Working Men's Club.
The Daily Telegraph said of Weller: "Apart from David Bowie, it's hard to think of any British solo artist who's had as varied, long-lasting and determinedly forward-looking a career."
The BBC described Weller in 2007 as "one of the most revered music writers and performers of the past 30 years". He has received four Brit Awards, winning the award for Best British Male twice, and the 2006 Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music.
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Paul Weller photographed for The Face magazine (April 1983 - Issue 36), not long after he formed The Style Council with Mick Talbot.
Kevin Westenberg photograph taken during a Paul Weller N.M.E. cover shoot in London in June 1997.
Suddenly, the house lights went down, a spotlight fell on Paul Weller, The Jam launched into a mesmerising version of That’s Entertainment
Taken during a photoshoot for The Face Magazine in Spring 1983, Paul Weller poses for Jill Furmanovsky.
Paul Weller captured by Jill Furmanovsky whilst on a shoot for the Face magazine in March 1983
Paul Weller, of the Style Council on the set of 'Jerusalem'- best forgotten really..........white chapstick, nice!
Paul Weller beautifully captured in March 2020 just before the world locked down due to Covid-19
Cover artwork for The Jam's debut album 'In The City' released in 1977
Paul Weller onstage with The Jam at the Rainbow Theatre, London in 1979
Paul Weller onstage with The Jam during a gig at the Friars, Aylesbury in June 1978.
Paul Weller, with The Jam, plugging in his guitar live onstage at the Rainbow Theatre, London in April 1980.
Paul Weller performing on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury in 2015
Contact sheet of The Jam's photo shoot for the cover of their debut album 'In The City'
The Jam relaxing at Frank's Cafe in Soho during their photo shoot for the cover of 'News of the World'
Paul Weller, with The Jam, performing live onstage at Guildford Civic Hall in June 1981
The Jam photographed by Martyn Goddard for their first album 'In The City' shot in London in 1977
Paul Weller, from The Jam, dressing for a cover shoot for 'The Face' in London in March 1983
Paul Weller with The Jam onstage for a soundcheck at the Rainbow Theatre, London in December 1978
Contact sheet of The Jam shot at Old Street, London by Brian Aris in 1977
Taken during the cover photo shoot for The Jam's second studio album This Is The Modern World
Limited edition of Morgan Howell's original painting of the cover of The Jam's 'Town Called Malice' vinyl single
The Paul Weller Spine print features 55 album and 12-inch single spines by the Modfather, including The Jam, Style Council & his solo career
Paul Weller and Mick Talbot of The Style Council photographed by Luciano Viti at the Sheraton Hotel, Rome in 1984.