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modfather236_1It’s good to see that Woking Lightbox is finally acknowledging Paul Weller’s importance to the town with an exhibition of photographs of the Modfather by Lawrence Watson ( until 25 September).  It’s also cool to see the show is titled Town Called Malice, a reference to the storming Jam song about Woking that the modern-day town of soaring office blocks and flats has tried to ignore. It’s a pity of course that the exhibition does not include any pictures of Weller’s early years with the Jam, or indeed hardly any of the Style Council – but then photographer Lawrence did not meet up with Weller until 1988, when the Style Council had almost run its course.  It’s also a shame that the cheapest souvenir of the show seems to be a £30 book of photographs. PS Now that Eric and Alec Bedser are being honoured with statues in Woking , can Weller be far behind?

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