Another Bad Style Revolt

Paul Weller renovates soul

My first glimpse of Paul Weller was fronting the Style Council on the 1985 telecast of Live Aid. His celebrated days in the Jam were obscure, but his aesthetic exchange onstage with then-wife D.C. Lee was heartening and inspiring to this sista-gal-in-development. Weller has kept his ears wide open in the subsequent decades of his solo career, and he’s received accolades for interrogating everything from Traffic folk-rock to Gil’s agit-rap. His 22 Dreams—a portrait of the artist at 50—shows that Weller is neither resting on his laurels nor forgetting the gifts that Africana continues to give his motherland. Weller’s soul is indeed heavy, and I can dig it.
Wed., Sept. 10, 8 p.m., 2008

 
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