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Redemption Song


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/ Lead title Chris Salewicz was a close friend of Strummer from 1977 until Joe's death in Christmas 2002 shook the world. With full approval and cooperation of relatives, companions and fellow musicians, he writes the definitive account of British rock 'n' roll's most fascinating of idols. An honest tribute to Joe's life, work and huge worldwide impact. / Chris Salewicz was an intimate friend of Joe Stummer for over 25 years, and wrote this definitive, authorised biography with the full co-operation of Strummer's family, drawing on more than 300 interviews with family, friends and associates. / Friends and fellow musicians, from Chrissie Hynde to Tony Parsons to Elvis Costello, contribute to the book. / Contains unique photos, including two 8-page colour picture inserts and integrated black and white images throughout. / Redemption Song has sold 25k copies in hardback.

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Chris Salewicz is an acclaimed music journalist and writer. He was at NME in the late 1970's and early '80's and has written copiously for the Sunday Times, The Face and Q magazine. His books include the best-selling biography Bob Marley: Songs of Freedom and the lavishly applauded biography of Jamaica Rude Boy.


Salewicz knew and loved his subject well, and that shows on every page.' The Sunday Times 'A great read. Brutally frank and full of insights.' Mojo '!a riveting read that will keep you gripped to the end.' The Daily Mirror 'Chris Salewicz's hugely, expansive biography, Redemption Song, is all the more commendable for refusing to fawn; tackling the frontman's frustrating contradictions and multiple flaws.' 'Drawing on more than 300 interviews with family, friends and associates, it's as exhausting and enthralling as Strummer himself.' Metro 'Chris Salewicz is immensely insightful on the life and works of Strummer.' The Herald Redemption Song isn't just a great rock biography; it's a great biography, period.' Classic Rock 'A substantial, compelling biography!' Evening Standard '!a warm yet sensible account; one charged with, but not overwhelmed by, heart.' The Independent on Sunday '!epic, revealing biography' The Observer 'Salewicz catalogues his (Strummer's) triumphs through insight and unfettered access from the very start, but also finds space to identify his weaknesses, fears and insecurities, offering the most detailed broad picture of his subject yet published.' Record Collector 'A great read.' Nuts 'Transcends the usual breezy rock bio superficiality' The Scotsman 'A sheer joy to read' Q '!one of the most comprehensive music biographies around.' The Irish Herald

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