Chris Salewicz

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Chris Salewicz is a Journalist Broadcaster and Novelist who lives in London. He was as a senior features writer for the New Musical Express from 1975 to 1981 where under tutelage of editor Neil Spencer he and other journalists were said to have re-written the book on music journalism. The period Chris spent at NME is regarded by some as a 'Golden Age of Music Journalism'.[1] where, fuelled by the punk rock explosion the whole genre changed into a complex revolutionary socio economic critique rather than the fan club style journalism of the previous decades. Along with other NME's illumini (Tony Parsons and Julie Burchill) of that period Chris’s work soon found its way into serious main stream publications the Sunday Times, the Independent, the Daily Telegraph, Conde Nast Traveller, Q, Mojo and Time Out, he also wrote for The Face magazine.[citation needed]

Salewicz’s time at the NME helped him forge a unique relationship and friendship with two men who would reshape music in the 70’s 80’s and 90’s Joe Strummer (of the Clash) and Bob Marley. His journeys with these two men from Trenchtown Ghetto, Jamaican Gun Court to Zimbabwean independence from Maida Vale Squat to Groucho Club to the search for Garcia Lorca's bones in Andalucía continued to redefine music journalism. As his subjects influence expanded beyond musical spheres Salewicz’s writing and subsequent books on Joe Stummer (Redemption Song) and Bob Marley (The Untold Story) would also expand beyond the music into what made Joe and Bob political and cultural icons.[citation needed]

1995 he and film director Don Letts moved to Jamaica for two years to develop film ideas. Drawing on extensive research, Salewicz embarked on the writing of Third World Cop the most successful film ever in the Caribbean when it was released in 1999.[citation needed]

Salewicz is the author of fifteen books, including the acclaimed Rude Boy: Once Upon a Time in Jamaica; Redemption Song: the Definitive Biography of Joe Strummer,[2] an exhaustive, epic biography of the Clash frontman, and Bob Marley: The Untold Story. He was the on-screen narrator in 2010’s Beats of Freedom,[3] a documentary feature film – a cinematically-released documentary in Poland - about how Polish rock’n’roll helped bring down Communism. The same year he went into Tivoli Gardens in Kingston to report on the ‘Dudus affair’ for the Wall Street Journal.[4] Chris Salewicz lives in London.

Notes[edit]

  • Guardian Article on The Golden Age of Music Journalism [1]
  • Kraków Post (Beats of Freedon) [3]
  • New York Times [2]
  • Sabotage Times [5]
  • Rocks Back Pages [6]
  • Blogcritics [7]
  • Wall Street Journal [4]
  • The Independent [8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Neil Spencer (2005-07-03). "Fraternising with the NME | Music | The Observer". Guardian. Retrieved 2013-07-26. 
  2. ^ a b www.nytimes.com
  3. ^ a b "Beats of Freedom Premieres in Poland". Krakow Post. 2010-03-12. Retrieved 2013-07-26. 
  4. ^ a b "Chris Salewicz: Jamaica's 'Constitutional Crisis' - WSJ.com". Online.wsj.com. 2010-05-28. Retrieved 2013-07-26. 
  5. ^ "Chris Salewicz, Author at Sabotage Times". Sabotagetimes.com. 2012-11-11. Retrieved 2013-07-26. 
  6. ^ "Articles, interviews and reviews from Chris Salewicz: Rock's Backpages". Rocksbackpages.com. 1984-04-01. Retrieved 2013-07-26. 
  7. ^ Hawkins, Paul (2007-06-29). "Interview With Chris Salewicz, Author Of Redemption Song: A Biography Of Joe Strummer". Blogcritics. Retrieved 2013-07-26. 
  8. ^ "Author Chris Salewicz on soundsystems and Jamaica’s global impact | Marcus Barnes | Independent Arts Blogs". Blogs.independent.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-07-26.