Redemption Song

Redemption Song

The Ballad of Joe Strummer

Book - 2007
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The Clash was--and still is--one of the most important groups of the late 1970s and early 1980s. Indebted to rockabilly, reggae, Memphis soul, cowboy justice, and '60s protest, the overtly political band railed against war, racism, and a dead-end economy, and in the process imparted a conscience to punk. Their eponymous first record andLondon Callingstill rank in Rolling Stone's top-ten best albums of all time, and in 2003 they were officially inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Joe Strummer was the Clash's front man, a rock-and-roll hero seen by many as the personification of outlaw integrity and street cool. The political heart of the Clash, Strummer synthesized gritty toughness and poetic sensitivity in a manner that still resonates with listeners, and his untimely death in December 2002 shook the world, further solidifying his iconic status. Music journalist Chris Salewicz was a friend to Strummer for close to three decades and has covered the Clash's career and the entire punk movement from its inception. With exclusive access to Strummer's friends, relatives, and fellow musicians, Salewicz penetrates the soul of an icon. He uses his vantage point to write the definitive biography of Strummer, charting his enormous worldwide success, his bleak years in the wilderness after the Clash's bitter breakup, and his triumphant return to stardom at the end of his life. In the process, Salewicz argues for Strummer's place in a long line of protest singers that includes Woody Guthrie, John Lennon, and Bob Marley, and examines by turns Strummer's and punk's ongoing cultural influence.
Publisher: New York : Faber and Faber, 2007
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780571211784
Branch Call Number: Biography B Str


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Aug 31, 2011

This is the best rock n roller's biography I have ever read it describes the early punk scene in London really lets the reader know what it was all about ,at times when your reading the book you feel like you are there .Chris Salewicz has told the story of the Clash and its leader in great detail without ever making it drag great read for anyone interested with the music of those times.

Mar 05, 2010

An excellent behind the scenes look at Joe Strummer by a Music Journalist. I'm a Clash fan and I thoroughly enjoyed the book which is full of all sorts of anecdotes, interviews with band members, family members and friends.

If your a Clash fan or a Strummer fan its a must read.


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