FOR MU­SIC LOVERS

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Gifts - by Tony Clay­ton-Lea

FOR THE PUNK ROCKER OLDER BROTHER Get your fix of The Clash with a dou­ble whammy in the shape of Julien Tem­ple’s doc­u­men­tary Joe Strum­mer: The Fu­ture Is Un­writ­ten and Chris Salewicz’s bi­og­ra­phy of Strum­mer, Re­demp­tion Song. The for­mer is a crack­ing DVD biog that con­tains rare ar­chive footage and exclusive in­ter­views with the likes of Bono, Martin Scors­ese, Mick Jones and fam­ily mem­bers. The lat­ter is an au­tho­rised/ap­proved (and de­fin­i­tive) life story of The Clash front­man. It ben­e­fits from in­sider knowl­edge and a writer who, while clearly lov­ing his sub­ject, doesn’t steer clear of flaws and faults.

If the Strum­mer-con­nected DVD and book aren’t enough for you (and if your bank bal­ance can stretch to ap­prox­i­mately ¤1,000) then how about a spe­cial-edi­tion gui­tar based on Strum­mer’s ’66 Tele­caster? Gui­tar man­u­fac­turer Fender launched one ear­lier this year, com­plete with a cus­tomi­sa­tion kit for those all im­por­tant punk-rock sten­cil de­signs. Avail­able from: Most if not all mu­sic/movie/book shops; www.fender.com/joestrum­mer FOR THE ROCK ICON EN­THU­SI­AST GRANDAD Lon­doner David Co­rio is one of the world’s most highly re­garded mu­sic pho­tog­ra­phers, and his work has ap­peared in many publi­ca­tions, in­clud­ing the New York Times, NME, The Face and the Guardian. His de­but ex­hi­bi­tion in Ire­land has been run­ning since Novem­ber 20th, and fea­tures in­trigu­ing por­traits and volatile live images of James Brown, Johnny Rot­ten, Thin Lizzy, Missy El­liott, Nina Si­mone, U2, Eric Clap­ton and Rory Gal­lagher.

Wouldn’t it be nice to have one of those faces look­ing down at you from the wall? The ex­hi­bi­tion runs un­til this Sun­day, and prices range from ¤600 to ¤1,200 (for framed, sign and lim­ited-edi­tion prints). Our ad­vice is to get your skates on. Avail­able from: Gallery Num­ber One, 1 Cas­tle St, Dublin 2, 01-4789090, www.gallerynum­berone.com, www.david­co­rio.com

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