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Redemption Song: The Ballad of Joe Strummer

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There is no shotage of books about The Clash and Joe Strummer rehashing the same stories book after book, but hopefully within the 640 pages of Chris Salewicz’s new Strummer biography, Redemption Song: The Ballad of Joe Strummer, we get treated to some new stories and insight into the man that is to many of this generation what Lennon and Guthrie were to our parents and grandparents gereration.

I just picked Redemption Song this weekend, but haven’t started to dig into yet as I am saving it for my upcoming vacation. What I am really looking forward to is portion of the book which focuses on Strummer’s “Wilderness Year”, the years following the break up of The Clash, as they are often refered to, and then his return with the formation of The Mescaleros and their three subsequent albums.

Salewicz, besides writing for many Englsh publications over the years, is also the author of the authorized Bob Marley: Songs of Freedom biography and Rude Boy: Once Upon a Time in Jamaica. He will be on hand at The Echo this Wednesday for a reading from Redemption Song that will then be followed by a Q&A session. Admittance is free and begins at 7:30pm.

Download “Coma Girl” (mp3) from Joe Strummer And The Mescaleros’ 2003 album Streetcore

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Redemption Song: The Ballad of Joe Strummer is OUT NOW: Amazon

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