My Old Man - Tales of Our Fathers will feature Florence Welch, Paul Weller, the sons and daughters of Ian Dury, Johnny Ball, Roy Castle and Leonard Cohen talking about their fathers. The book is due for publication in May by Canongate.

In the Ted Kessler-edited collection, both heart-rending and tragic revelations are promised, and "expressions of joyful love to a quick snapshot of a life." 

Paul Weller's father and long time manager John Weller died in April 2009, aged 77. John had managed his son from the early days - when The Jam formed in Woking as a three-piece, he became the manager.
Weller Sr often introduced the lads onstage as the greatest band in the world.

He also managed The Style Council, Weller's next band. Weller Sr continued to manage his son until 2006, when his health failed. Paul left a United States tour to see his father for the last time not long before he died. 

Weller, a father of seven, has effectively controlled his own career since his father's passing. “All the decisions come down to me,” he told The Guardian last May. He also revealed that his dad made him go back on the road after a fallow period in the late 1980s.

 “It was a financial imperative,” he said, admitting although he hated touring again. But he found that “work leads to work. It was only through playing gigs that I started writing again.”