'This is the Modern World' by the Jam (Paul Weller; Rick Buckler; Bruce Foxton)

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'This is the Modern World' by the Jam (Paul Weller; Rick Buckler; Bruce Foxton)

by Gered Mankowitz, published by Polydor Records Limited
colour offset lithographic record sleeve, 1977
12 3/8 in. x 12 3/8 in. (315 mm x 315 mm) overall
Given by Terence Pepper, 2021
Reference Collection
NPG D49520

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  • Gered Mankowitz (1946-), Photographer. Artist or producer associated with 35 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.
  • Polydor Records Limited (1954-), Record label. Artist or producer associated with 4 portraits.

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Current affairs

In celebration of her 25th year as Queen, Elizabeth II tours the British Isles visiting communities and schools in 36 counties, before touring the commonwealth. Across the country people held street parties to celebrate the occasion; there were 4,000 street parties in London alone.

Art and science

British punk rockers, The Sex Pistols, release the single, God Save The Queen to coincide with the Silvery Jubilee celebrations. The single reached Number 2 in the charts among claims that it was being kept off the top spot for political reasons. The band was arrested for trying to perform the song from a boat on the Thames during the Queen's Royal Progress trip down the river.


Elvis Presley dies of a heart attack aged 42. His body was discovered collapsed on the bathroom floor of his Graceland mansion in Memphis by his fiancée Ginger Alden. Rumours that the star is actually still alive but in hiding continue to perpetuate among diehard fans.

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