FOR MUSIC LOVERS
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