With full approval and cooperation from family and fellow musicians, Chris Salewicz -- a close friend of Strummer -- writes the definitive account of British rock 'n' roll's most fascinating of idols.
The Clash was the most influential band of its generation, producing intelligent punk anthems such as ‘London Calling’, ‘White Riot’ and ‘Tommy Gun’. Rolling Stone voted ‘London Calling’ the best album of the 1980s and for many they remain iconic mainstays of their generation.
With his talent, extreme good looks and laid-back attitude Joe Strummer was the driving force behind the band and the archetypal front-man of a punk band. In recent years, apart from his own band, The Mescaleros, Strummer played with The Pogues and featured in several films, including Alex Cox's Walker and Straight To Hell, and Jim Jarmusch's 1989 Mystery Train. Joe Strummer’s untimely death in December 2002 shook the work and cemented his iconic status. He received extraordinary tributes from musicians around the world. Billy Bragg said: ‘The Clash was the greatest rebel rock band of all time. Their commitment to making political pop culture was the defining mark of the British punk movement.’ Bono is quoted as saying: ‘The Clash was the greatest rock band – they wrote the rule book for U2’
This book is an emotional and compelling account of Strummer’s life, and a comprehensive insight into the man behind the Clash. Chris Salewicz is better placed than anyone to write about Strummer’s life, his work and his huge worldwide impact. Both Strummer and The Clash transcended music stardom to become heroes to their fans and peers – this will be an honest tribute to them, and the best and last word on the subject.