Chris Salewicz has been writing about music and pop culture for twenty-five years. He was at the NME in the 1970s and early 1980s and has written copiously for The Sunday Times, The Face and Q magazine. Renowned author of Bob Marley: the Untold Story, Redemption Song: the Definitive Biography of Joe Strummer and much more. Dead Gods (Quercus, 2015) details and celebrates the members of the "27 Club", the group of exceptionally talented musicians who died at the same tragically young age.
His latest book on Jimmy Page, Jimmy: The Definitive Biography, was published by HarperCollins in July 2018 to much acclaim. In it, he reveals the many trials and tribulations which transformed the middle class boy into one of rock’s most enigmatic frontmen. It will be published in the US by De Capo, as well as in Spain, Italy, Japan and Brazil.
‘[An] ever-readable tome… Anyone intrigued by how a soft-spoken boy from the west London suburbs became one of the world’s most famous musicians won’t be disappointed.’
– The Times
‘A hard-riffing new book that reveals how Jimmy Page became the dark heart of Led Zeppelin’
– The Mail on Sunday
‘[Salewicz] lovingly records all the highs and bathetic lows of the rock-star afterlife’
– The Sunday Times
Previous praise includes:
“Epic, revealing biography” – The Observer
“Truly definitive.”– Rolling Stone
“One of the most rivetingly detailed, revealing music biographies ever written.” - The Sunday Times
“Passionate and detailed.” - Robert Christgau, The New York Times Book Review
“Salewicz’s biography is a labour of love that definitively captures the man’s humanity – his complex, volatile, and vulnerable soul.” - Jon Savage
“Substantial, compelling.” - Paul Morley