Andy Rosen recollects: “I think I must have covered every live gig they played at the Rainbow. Whenever I think of The Jam, I seem to always think of the Rainbow and sweaty beer-drenched nights. They would often do 2 or 3 nights in a row. I would usually cover the soundchecks as well. I remember being in the orchestra pit and getting pelted with spit and stuff and even seats that were ripped from their fixtures by excited fans. In the end, the owners of the venue realised that taking the seats out when the Jam played might be better for everyone involved.”

“I also remember how good the gigs were. The Jam had to be one of the best live bands bar none back then. Not that we knew it at the time, but this gig was the Jam at their peak. Setting Sons had just been released. The night would start with “Down in the Tube Station at Midnight” and the recording of a tube train thundering through before the lights came up. Then it was non stop speeding, “Saturday’s Kids”, “Little Boy Soldiers”, “Thick as Thieves”, “The Eton Rifles”….. and the encore was “Heatwave”. Wow! I remember the number of guitar strings that Paul would break and the roadies running in to replace the guitars.”

“I hated using flash when I shot live gigs, os I had to rate my film at around 1600 ASA, underexpose and then overdevelop. I would also rely on very fast Nikon lenses. I used to use Accuspeed developer to get the contrast and grain I wanted. This shot is a perfect example, it captures the movement and the mood accurately. Flash would have just blasted away all the atmosphere. I took many live shots of the Jam and this has to be one of my favourites.”