Chris Salewicz has documented popular culture for more than three decades, in print and on television and radio.
He was a senior features writer for NME from 1975 to 1981. Subsequently Salewicz has written regularly for numerous publications, including The Sunday Times, the Independent, the Daily Telegraph, Q, MOJO, and Conde Nast Traveller, and a myriad newspapers and magazines across the globe.
Chris Salewicz is the author of seventeen books, including the acclaimed Rude Boy: Once Upon a Time in Jamaica; Redemption Song: the Definitive Biography of Joe Strummer, an exhaustive, epic biography of the Clash frontman, a best-seller; and Bob Marley: the Untold Story, another best-seller. In 2014 he published The 27 Club, an analysis of the deaths of seven 27-year-old musical maestros including Amy Winehouse, Kurt Cobain, and Jimi Hendrix.
Chris Salewicz has had a longstanding relationship with the island of Jamaica. Whilst living there in the mid-1990s he wrote the screenplay for Third World Cop, the most successful film ever in the Caribbean. In autumn 2014 he presented a BBC Radio 4 series about the making of the film The Harder They Come, and its social consequences. In April 2017 his 60-minute BBC World Service show about Polish reggae aired.
His book Jimmy Page: the Definitive Biography was published by HarperCollins on July 26 2018 to resounding critical acclaim, including lead review in the Sunday Times.
Chris Salewicz lives in south London.