Redemption Song: The Definitive Biography of Joe Strummer par Chris Salewicz

Redemption Song: The Definitive Biography of Joe Strummer par Chris Salewicz

Titre de livre: Redemption Song: The Definitive Biography of Joe Strummer

Auteur: Chris Salewicz

ISBN: 0007172125

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Chris Salewicz avec Redemption Song: The Definitive Biography of Joe Strummer

"Redemption Song" The definitive biography of Joe Strummer, released with a new epilogue to mark the 60th anniversary of his birth. Chris Salewicz was an intimate friend of Strummer's for over 25 years. Drawing on more than 300 interviews with family, friends and associates, this is a comprehensive, compelling insight into the man behind The Clash. Full description

Review

‘Salewicz knew and loved his subject well, and that shows on every page… One of the most rivetingly detailed, revealing music biographies ever written.’ The Sunday Times

'A great read. Brutally frank and full of insights.' Mojo

‘A riveting read that will keep you gripped to the end.’ Daily Mirror

'The Clash front man gets the epic biography he deserves from rock journalist, Chris Salewicz.' Independent

‘Conjures up the excitement of the punk era.’ Sunday Telegraph Seven Magazine

From the Inside Flap
Joe Strummer was the personification of street cool and outlaw
integrity. People loved and were touched by Joe, but why did he stir them
so? The original Clash had split up at the height of their powers, and so
no lengthy Rolling Stones-like decline was ever publicly played out: his
extraordinary stage performances and the wit and wisdom of his lyrics
remained vivid. And there was also always a sadness of sensibility about
Joe, a sense that he was slightly lost in the world in which he found
himself, a feeling with which his audience could empathise. Although
politicised by his life as a squatter, it was his colossal humanity that
struck such a cord in the collective unconscious. He was an ordinary Joe.

From the Back Cover
The death of Joe Strummer, three days before Christmas 2002,
shook the world. His synthesis of gritty toughness and poetic sensitivity
had touched people's hearts, reflecting his rabble-rousing role as front
man with The Clash, the most sensational rock'n'roll group ever.

On an iconic level, Joe had remained a man of mystery, wilfully reinventing
himself to take part in 1977's radical punk movement. The reality - which
included a secret family past, enormous worldwide success, bleak years in
the wilderness and a triumphant return to stardom - contained all the
elements of Shakespearian tragedy. But through enormous personal struggle
and resolve, Joe Strummer turned his life into an uplifting, epic story.

Chris Salewicz knew Joe as a close friend since 1977. With the full
approval and cooperation of his relatives, companions and fellow musicians,
he has written the definitive account of the most fascinating of all
British rock'n'roll idols, a man who really did change the way the world
thought.