Chris Salewicz — Redemption Song: The Ballad of Joe Strummer

Redemption Song is an atypical rock star biography of a man who was, by any measure, an atypical rock star. By showing us Joe Strummer née John Mellor, warts and all, Salewicz paints a true portrait of a man who embodied contradiction as much as he embodied the idea of personal freedom.

Detractors often took Strummer’s restlessness and curiosity as signs that his most famous incarnation as a Camden Town garage rat was ultimately a pose. His life story leaves you with the impression that whatever Strummer believed at any given moment, he believed it all the way.

The world is a poorer place without Joe. Believe.

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