Lot 7505: Strummer's personally-owned and -used black-bodied Fender Squier Telecaster electric guitar. Made in Japan circa 1985–86, the guitar is serial numbered A001112 on the neck plate, and bears a Joe Strummer & the Latino Rockabilly War sticker affixed to the body, with remnants of two other stickers to the body and black pickguard. It exhibits heavy overall wear from frequent use, and known to have been utilized by Strummer during recording sessions for both the Gross Pointe Blank soundtrack and his solo album, Earthquake Weather, recorded during 1988-89. With the Clash having disintegrated in the mid-1980s, this instrument represents a trying period in Strummer's musical life. Now, having moved to Los Angeles to record and pursue a career in Hollywood. While working on the Grosse Pointe Blank soundtrack, Strummer struggled and worked tirelessly with his band, as well as close friend Gerry Harrington, to expose himself to other sounds as motivation to complete the recording. The album was well-received by critics, bridging nicely from Strummer's time with the Clash and into his next project, the Mescaleros. Acquired directly from Harrington, this guitar represents the re-emergence of Strummer after his time with the Clash. Oversized.
RR Auction's Marvels of Modern Music Auction 457
Thursday, 23rd July 2015
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