‘Rock ’n’ roll means so much more to people, it enriches the culture. Also, it inspires people, there’s no half-feeling. When I first got into it, I was inspired by people who had come before me and I found myself in the position of handing that on.’
– Mick Jones
Best known for being the principal tunesmith in The Clash, Mick Jones went on to prove there was more than one string to his musical bow; first with celebrated beatbox rockers Big Audio Dynamite, and then again with Carbon Silicon.
But Mick’s dexterity extends to both sides of the recording studio divide. Having learnt his craft watching Guy Stevens during the recording of London Calling, he oversaw the production on Sandinista! He also took the helm on every BAD album, and has gone on to establish himself as a producer of some note.
Mick O’Shea’s insightful biography takes you through every stage of Mick’s life and musical career: from his ‘practicing daily in his room’ under the tutelage of his devoted nan, Stella; his pre-Clash noodlings with the fabled London SS and his subsequent ‘year-zero feeling’ conversion on seeing the Sex Pistols; through to his joining forces with Joe Strummer to form one of the greatest rock ’n’ roll groups of all time; and beyond . . .
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