Mr Cool's Dream - Paul Weller with The Style Council
by Iain Munn
Paul Weller wrote some of the best songs during his sabbatical with The Style Council - from savvy socially-conscious pop to effortless love songs. Between 1983 and 1985, its as if Paul was happiest taking chances, usurping expectations, borrowing magpie-like from the past and remoulding it for the present (in true Mod fashion). Iain Munn must be congratulated for flying the flag for Weller's least understood musical exploit: The ultimate fans eye view of Weller's seven year itch. "Painstakingly accurate" - Paul Weller, "A constant memory jogger for me" - Mick Talbot, "An excellent reference" - Steve White, "Love the book" - Dee C Lee. Mr Cool's Dream, The Complete History of The Style Council is a fascinating trip into what Paul Weller was trying to achieve and why he HAD to split The Jam at their peak. This book interviews dozens of former band members, including exclusive Forewords or reviews from the 4 main players - Paul Weller, Mick Talbot, Steve White and Dee C Lee. It is still the only book in existence dedicated to The Style Council and exhaustively covers every release, tour, story and more. Featuring over 17 forewords and memories from former band members, there isn't a book on Paul Weller's career that goes anywhere near the detail held within Mr Cool's Dream.
- Wholepoint Publications, October 2011
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