Chris Salewicz has documented popular culture for more than three decades, in print and on television and radio.
A senior features writer for NME from 1975 to 1981, he
has subsequently published his writing, on a wide variety of subjects, in the Sunday Times, the Independent, the Daily Telegraph, Conde Nast Traveller, Q, Mojo, The Face, Time Out and many other British publications, as well as in countless publications worldwide.
In 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.
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, an exhaustive, epic biography of the Clash frontman, a best-seller; and Bob Marley: the Untold Story, another best-seller. He was the on-screen narrator in 2010’s Beats of Freedom, a documentary feature film – the most successful 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.
He is presently writing a book about the phenomenon of ‘The 27 Club’, those artists – Amy Winehouse, Kurt Cobain, Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, and Robert Johnson – who passed away during that year of their lives. The 27 Club will be published in 2013.
Chris Salewicz lives in London..