Good morning from a rainy ClashBlog Towers and an overdue return of the blog is on tap today with the special news about Pete Stevens’ wonderful book that looks back at last summer’s ‘Strummer of Love’ festival. Regular readers will know all about Pete’s photography as we’ve been lucky enough to feature his work many times times on the site and his new book features simply outstanding images combined with many special written contributions provided by everyone from Mick Jones to fervent Clash fans. I can simply say the book is a beautiful thing to own and brings remarkably high quality and collectability to any self-respecting afficianado of The Clash.
There has been so much happening in the last few weeks that it really has been Clash central, with the launch of The Clash Sound System Box Set’, the ’5 Studio Album Set’ and the ‘Hits Back 2 CD Set’…..and also, with a little less fanfare, the ‘Strummer Of Love’ photography book Pete Stevens.
I’m sure many of you will be able to debate the merits of the remastered Clash albums/packaging over the next few weeks, but what is genuinely new is Pete’s book. I was lucky enough to receive my copy at the weekend. It’s quite a weighty tome and postmen (and women) will be bent double delivering to Clash fans worldwide, being nearly 1.6kg or 3.5lb depending where you live….It is an absolutely beautiful volume of photographs, completely documenting the ‘Strummer Of Love’ Festival in 2012.
Pete decided to launch the book on Joe’s birthday – the 21st August at The Tabernacle in Powys Square, London, ably assisted by Gary Loveridge with transporting the books. It was a deliberately low-key event, but managed to attract a few well known locals, chief of whom was Mick Jones who stayed for most of the evening. ‘Rude Boy’ Ray Gange made it from south of the river and Desmond Coy, Don Lett’s big brother, made it too.
Over to Pete…..
”I’d worked on this book for exactly a year by the time I did ‘the launch’ at The Tabernacle. The budget had been already blown on making sure the printing was as good as I could get, on the best quality paper, so I had to cancel the massive firework display and the dancing girls for launch night ! So many people have helped in the making of the book that it would be pointless trying to list everyone….it’s in the book anyway….
All my guests were very complimentary about the book and having your musical/guitar hero ask you to sign something for him was one of the most bizarre moments of my life. Mick wanted a unique comment for one of his copies of the book and I did oblige before the evening concluded….but I’m not going to divulge that information….yet !
Documenting last year’s ‘Strummer Of Love’ festival has been a mammoth task. Editing down nearly 4000 images to just under 600 has taken all this time. I wanted to be entirely happy with the finished book and I’ve got to say it’s as good as it can be. I had some unique written contributions from many different people and can only thank them for their time and effort. This book is something I’m genuinely proud of and I hope that those who buy it will treasure it. It was a true labour of love. I know many people were unable to attend for a multitude of reasons and my book is the next best thing ! Initially I planned it to be much smaller, but rather like Sandinista! It just grew and grew !!”
Up until now this exclusive book is available only at www.strummerville.com
For every copy sold, money will be donated to Joe’s charity Strummerville. Set up by the friends and family of Joe Strummer in the year after his death, Strummerville seek to reflect Joe’s unique contribution to the music world by offering support, resources and performance opportunities to artists who would not normally have access to them. They are based in London and are a UK registered charity and a totally independent non-political music charity.
To save shipping costs, particularly to the United States we have now arranged a limited number of copies to be made available directly from HERE at a considerable saving to everyone who orders the book
Thanks to Pete for the inside story of the making of the book. It’s just beautiful and I can’t recommend it highly enough. Therefore I’m pleased to announce that beginning today we’ll be selling and shipping the book via the site with exclusive pricing including shipping for the US & Canadian market. Shipping will be via USPS media and delivery can be expected within 6-10 days from the date of order.
Single copies of the book will be $55 (inclusive of all packing & shipping costs) and for those who may want to give the book as a gift also we can offer 2 copies for $100 (inclusive of all packing & shipping costs, shipped to a single address please), if you have questions of any sort please direct them to me – follow these links for full details and to purchase the single book or the special offer 2 pack or visit the ‘shop’ button on the main menu. (update – the store and links are working but response time for pages to load is rather slow, I’m working to improve that but please keep me posted)
If you’re in the UK, Europe or ‘rest of the world’ please purchase the book via Pete on ebay.
This is the first time I’ve sold via the site so if you have any problems with the purchase/shpping cart and such please contact me. Some exclusive photos of inner pages are below to give you some more flavour of the book. Thanks and I hope you can put this on your Christmas list for yourself and others, back with much more blogging in days ahead.