PAUL WELLER – Magic A Journal Of Song

Posted: March 10, 2022 in MUSIC

In Magic: A Journal of Song, Paul Weller talks about his life and music through a personally curated selection of 120 songs spanning his entire musical career. A fascinating portrait of one of Britain’s most prolific songwriters, Magic proves Weller to be the ultimate shapeshifter: from The Jam’s punk sensibilities to the genre-defying Style Council, through to a remarkable 30-year solo career.

This his third Genesis edition, Magic is narrated by Weller and illustrated with more than 450 photographs and pieces of ephemera throughout. A revealing 25,000-word commentary garnered over a series of conversations with journalist and author Dylan Jones covers the songs, the stories and inspirations behind them, and all of the 28 albums of Weller’s ever-evolving musical journey.

Offering unprecedented insight into his creative process, Magic: A Journal of Song is Paul Weller’s most candid and intimate account of his musical life to date. 

Magic: A Journal of Song is limited to only 2,000 copies worldwide. The first 350 copies in the edition are presented as Deluxe boxed sets. Each Deluxe copy of Magic is numbered and signed by the author, Paul Weller. The 360-page Deluxe book is fully bound in imitation vellum, onto which an original, hand-drawn illustration is fine-screen printed. Over 25 references to Paul Weller’s lyrics are to be found within this specially commissioned artwork. The Deluxe book is finished with red and gold foil blocking and gold page edging. 

Next within the Deluxe boxed set, an envelope contains a number of signed and stamped art prints that are created exclusively for these copies. Reproduced as archival Giclées on heavyweight paper, the prints are suitable for framing (size: 8″x10″ / 200mm x254mm) and comprise:

• A photographic portrait of Paul Weller, individually numbered and signed by the photographer, Peter Anderson

• A signed art print of the Magic cover illustration drawn by British designer bookbinder, Luke Hornus

• Two prints of Paul Weller’s handwritten lyrics to one of his favourite songs, ‘Aspects’, from his 2018 solo album True Meanings. At the end of the song, the second print is hand-numbered and personally autographed by Paul Weller.

‘The thing I have discovered is that music in its truest sense is beyond any trend or movement or category.’ – Paul Weller

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