A new Paul Weller photo book, Paul – Photographs by Andy Crofts, with a foreword written by Weller himself, will be published on August 20 through This Day In Music.
Music and photography have always gone hand in hand for Andy Crofts. In his teens he discovered a passion for taking pictures and described it as a life changing feeling. With a few brief encounters through playing live and sending demos of his music he first met Paul Weller in 2006 which subsequently led to Crofts being asked to join Weller’s band in 2008, and has been a permanent member ever since.
Totalling 206 pages in all, Paul – Photographs By Andy Crofts showcases a collection of photographs from Crofts’ fast paced travels with Weller. Since joining the band he noticed that slowly and unintentionally he had gathered a collection of photographs of Weller that the world has never seen and for the first time from the perspective of a band member. The book is a series of natural observations, from over the years of travelling and being part of the Paul Weller band.
Raised in “shoe town” Northampton in the midlands, Andy Crofts was the founding member of psychedelic indie rock band The Moons releasing 3 studio albums with a new album Pocket Melodies, set for release in 2020. Apart from music and photography Crofts has also dipped his creative eye into music videos and documentary making in which he made a full length Paul Weller touring film called One.
Originally starting as keyboard player for Weller, he then moved to bass guitar and has been a regular on Weller’s studio albums since his 2010 album Wake Up The Nation.
Weller’s most recent studio album, On Sunset, shot to the top of the UK Album chart on release in July. Accordingly, the former Jam frontman became only the third artist to top the UK album chart in five consecutive decades, alongside Paul McCartney and John Lennon.