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Redemption Song: The Ballad of Joe Strummer

Chris Salewicz

Earthquake Weather sets Strummer wandering solo through his "wilderness years" in the not so barren climate of Southern California.

All this week PopMatters is offering exclusive excerpts from the new Chris Salewicz biography of Joe Strummer, published this week in the U.S. by Faber & Faber.

Monday [5/21]: In the first installment, beginning with news of Strummer's death, Salewicz remembers Joe's drive, humor, and constant internal conflict. [read | listen]

Tuesday [5/22]: Hop aboard the Anarchy tour bus for an exclusive ride with everyman's thinking man and his smart band: the Clash's first tour, first single, and their first album. [read | listen]

Wednesday [5/23]: Strummer hangs with Warhol; Thatcher comes to power, and after a lot of sweaty work in a shadowy space in the back of a garage, London Calling is unveiled like a gleaming, bad-ass drag racer. [read | listen]

Thursday [5/24]: Megavitamins and beer, egos and conflict, Combat Rock goes on tour and Mick Jones gets the (combat) boot. [read | listen]

Friday [5/25]: Earthquake Weather sets Strummer wandering solo through his "wilderness years" in the not so barren climate of Southern California. [read | listen]

Redemption Song: The Ballad of Joe Strummer

by Chris Salewicz

Faber and Faber

May 2007, 640 pages, $30.00

Excerpts from REDEMPTION SONG: The Ballad of Joe Strummer by Chris Salewicz, published this week by Faber and Faber, Inc., an affiliate of Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Copyright © 2006 by Chris Salewicz. All rights reserved.

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