‘Redemption Song: The definitive biography of Joe Strummer’ by Chris Salewicz’
‘That Saturday afternoon in the Warwick in Portobello Road Ian Bone of Class War told Joe about his plan to hold a free festival in the Isle of Dogs then being transformed from wasteland to prime real estate. The Class War organisers vowed they would ‘start a riot and burn every fucking yuppie flat to the ground’. As the pints flowed in the Warwick that Saturday afternoon it must have sounded fantastic. Even better, who would be playing onstage as the Isle of Dogs burned? None other than Joe Strummer with the Latino Rockabilly War. On such a vast stage, as Babylon burned all about him. Joe would make his return as a headline act. then a national ROCK AGAINST THE RICH TOUR was planned intended as the biggest rock’n roll threat since the Pistols Anarchy tour. Joe was totally up for it, enthused by the local protest issues at each venue as well as Class War’s potential for mayhem’
Not just gigs, no way, not just gigs.