Item description for Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros: Vision of a Homeland by Anthony Davie...
From 1999 until his sudden death in 2003, Joe Strummer and his band, the Mescaleros, recreated all the excitement of Strummer's illustrious years with The Clash. In live concerts around the world, Strummer and his band brought an energy to their performances that no one there would ever forget. In Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros, Anthony Davie tells the inside story of the band, from its inception to Joe Strummer's last gig. There are interviews with band members, a detailed recounting of all the tours, a complete discography, and a moving account of Strummer's untimely death. For his countless admirers, this book presents Joe Strummer the way he would have wanted to be remembered---as a passionate and uncompromising musician.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.1" Width: 6.1" Height: 0.8" Weight: 1 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 2005
Publisher Reynolds & Hearn
ISBN 1903111757 ISBN13 9781903111758
Reviews - What do customers think about Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros: Vision of a Homeland?
A very telling story... Dec 29, 2005
Joe Strummer, ex-lead singer of the Clash, had always been a somewhat mysterious person. In interviews and in person. This book, which is more of a collection of interviews with people that were involved in the Mescaleros, is a very telling and insightful look at the man that was Joe Strummer. I found it very interesting to read about the infighting and tensions that brewed amongst the band members. I never knew that the Mescaleros were very uninterested in playing the old Clash songs. Having had the pleasure to have met Joe and several members of the Mescaleros, one would have thought that everything was just hunky-dory. Not so. This is a great book that shows the inner workings of a great, underappreciated band. The only reason I give it four stars rather than five is because at time it seems like a bunch of guys blaming each other for the deterioration of the band. You can almost see them pointing fingers at each other and complaning. But, there's not a lot of it. Overall, it's a pleasureable read if you are a fan of the Clash or especially Joe Strummer.
Still hard to believe its over ;God bless the Mescaleros Oct 3, 2005
I remember the day when i saw that Joe Strummer was going to have a song on a South Park record.After years of no music from Joe i could only pray this the end of the drought.Thank fully it was and we"ve got 3 great CDs to last us,plus the great Walker sound track [finally]and elgin avenue CD.Maybe if were lucky well see a few DVDs worth of the Mescos live someday.I got to see them twice live;Columbia Mo Blue Note and Chicago Metro.I was blessed to get to spend time with Joe and the guys on both occasions.Reading about going to the bar and partying till 4am with Joe,Smiley,Pablo and everyone in Columbia was great.Memories i will cherish always.This book does a great job of filling in all the facts.This band never got the respect, attention or sales they deserved.If youre a fan of Joe and the Mescos this is the book. Thanks
Any true music fan will appreciate, this is a Must Have Read Jun 4, 2005
A fantastic read, written from so many points of view. As someone who was there, to witness segments of this short lived but highly charged burst of creativity and chaos, that was, "Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros". It really helped in understanding the whole picture. For the doubting Thomases out there this book should dispell any doubts, about whether this was Joe Strummer and a bunch of session musicians or a very real Rock n Roll band in its own right. The former feeling/accusation, grew from the bone of contention that centered around the number of Clash songs, being played in the set. Joe loved music and had a genuine feeling of wanting to leave the fans, the paying punters happy, the band felt they had begun to make their own mark and should as Joe himself wanted, only be moving forward. A fascinating in-sight into the creative world of so many talented people. Joe Strummer R.I.P. LONG LIVE JOE STRUMMER .........A fantastic book and a fascinating read, written,from a true fans point of view. Well put together by this debut author