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Chris Salewicz: Redemption Song – the Definitive Biography of Joe Strummer (Harper Collins)

Nick Coleman, Independent on Sunday, May 2006

IN 1980 – following the triumphant release of the London Calling album and during the recording of what would become Sandinista! – the Clash had arrived at that state of critical mass to which all rock groups aspire. On the one hand they were beloved, adored by hardcore subculturalists, radical poobahs, bourgeois consumers and music critics alike; on the other hand, they were making pots of money. To make life even richer, they still got on with each other reasonably well and could yet harbour the splendid thought that what they were up to might make a difference in the world.

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