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True is The Dream explores the photography of Derek D’Souza, who has captured extraordinary and insightful glimpses of one of Britain’s most revered groups - and its frontman Paul Weller - over four decades.

Photographer D’Souza is a long-term friend and fan of the band’s. Forty years ago in 1981 - when The Jam were at their height - he sent in some photographs to the band’s fan club that he’d taken in the audience at their gigs. A telephone call from Paul Weller’s Mum, Ann, who ran the club, changed his life. She asked if he could photograph them for their next single, Absolute Beginners. Derek was invited to legendary Beatles producer George Martin’s AIR London studios. A game of pool with Paul settled his nerves and broke the ice with the band.

The shoot was subsequently arranged at Chiswick House in West London, a location carefully chosen by Paul as it was also where The Beatles filmed their ground-breaking music videos for Rain and Paperback Writer.

Derek D’Souza said:

The Barbican Music Library is a renowned space and I am delighted to see my photographs showcased at such a fantastic location. This exhibition features photographs I took of the band on location, performing and relaxing. This is a must-see – not just for fans of The Jam - but anyone interested in modern British music history. I am delighted to be working with the Barbican and City of London Corporation.”

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