" Redemption Song " : The Definitive Biography of Joe Strummer

" Redemption Song " : The Definitive Biography of Joe Strummer

Chris Salewicz

Language: English

Pages: 672

ISBN: 0007172125

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Book by Salewicz, Chris

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discovered left-over boot polish. ‘We probably showed off too much that we thought we were from somewhere else. Johnny seemed to me to be very lively, funny and inventive. David was quiet. I recall Johnny being the organizer and the one who dictated the plans for our games and general mischief-making. He was a bit pugnacious and always insouciant. On the first day we met at the croft, Johnny started a pebble-throwing fight. It was Johnny and David versus me. I was two years younger than Johnny

lever him out of his Sony deal, but found he was strapped in too tight by all that small print in the ten-year-old Clash contract. Since last seeing Joe Strummer at the end of 1986 Danielle von Zerneck had got on with her life. She’d acted in a pair of ‘terrible’ movies, had a couple more boyfriends, and stayed friends with Bob Gruen, Jim Jarmusch and Sara Driver. ‘OK, that was great!’ were her only thoughts about the romance with Joe. She heard Joe was in Los Angeles, staying at the Sunset

the Fillmore on 4 November. Here Joe linked up with Rudy Fernandez, who travelled with him to the next dates, in southern California. On the tour bus, sitting at a table at the front of the bus at 5 in the morning, with everyone else on the bus asleep, Joe put a Dexter Gordon CD on his ghetto-blaster. As the beautiful music sailed out of the speakers, Joe turned to Rudy. ‘This is the good life,’ he said. After a 5 November show at the Sun Theater in Anaheim, the home of Disneyland, south of Los

especially like the line in that song about putting LSD into the gin supply at the G7 summit,’ he said. I went to bed around 5. Down in the kitchen Joe was still going for another couple of hours. On 24 May Joe was back at the Park Lane Hotel for the Ivor Novello Awards (selected by the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters), this time with all the Clash – including Topper – who were honoured for their ‘Outstanding Contribution to British Music’. It was the first time all four members had

imposing crucifix, part of the stage dressing, at the very moment it was about to be set alight during Brown’s performance highlight of his hit song ‘Fire’. Hector was almost instantly incinerated, the ultimate fast food. From that moment on Woody became a vegetarian: he decorated a soap tin for Helen with drawings and the adage: ‘We love to eat nuts and honey.’ (‘I lost it, and I nagged him that I couldn’t live without one, so the next one he did said, “Smoke, smoke, smoke that cigarette.”’)

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