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Joe Strummer: I Need A Dodge! Joe Strummer On The Run

Vivid account of Joe’s 1985 Spanish adventure in goodies-stuffed package.

After Joe Strummer realised he had destroyed The Clash with its disastrous final incarnation, he retreated to his beloved Granada to, as he tells an interviewer, “feel the pain and understand the mistakes of the past”.

But he was welcomed like a punk visionary and ended up producing local band 091, although left the album unfinished when he returned to London for the birth of daughter Lola in January 1986.

Seemingly a minor episode at the time, Joe’s Spanish escapade takes on new significance in Nick Hall’s captivating film, the plot of which threads around Joe forgetting where he had parked the Dodge Dart car he had acquired and the later attempts to find it.

The seeds of Strummer’s monumental later life reinvention were sewn here and this lovely account adds genuinely new insights to his massive archive, bolstered by memorabilia, including radio interview cassette and booklet. A rare delight.

Kris Needs is a British journalist and author, known for writings on music from the 1970s onwards. Previously secretary of the Mott The Hoople fan club, he became editor of ZigZag in 1977 and has written biographies of stars including Primal Scream, Joe Strummer and Keith Richards. He's also written for MOJO, Record Collector, Classic Rock, Prog, Electronic Sound, Vive Le Rock and Shindig!