Tuesday, 31 August 2010
Joe Strummer: "The Future Is Unwritten"
I heard it on the radio announcing the death of punk hero Joe Strummer. It was 2002 and three days before Christmas. I was shocked as he was a young 50 year old and I was enthusiastic about his band the Mescaleros. I liked their music and had decided to go see them live but that dream was cut short with the passing of Joe. He will never be forgotten from punk hero to his brilliant brand of world music with the Mescaleros his memory lives on with the charity Strummerville http://www.strummerville.com.
I also thought Joe was a terrific song writer with his social and political leaning lyrics. Socialite or Socialist it does not matter I liked the songs that had a political theme to them.
There is a few websites dedicated to the memory of him http://www.joestrummer.org and Strummer News are two I came across.
Also check out the documentary "The Future Is Unwritten"
And what more can I say? Joe had the charisma to appeal to the ordinary man on the street or on the dole was immense. Check out Johnny Cash & Joe Strummer - Redemption Song I also like probably his best album with his band Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros - Global A Go-Go pure world music slant there is everything here from Reggae to even Celtic sounds. Check out the album.
Joe also never sold out or forgot his punk and rock'n'roll roots his band covered hits by The Clash from London Calling to Rock The Casbah
Let us not forget Joe Strummer and check out the movie http://www.joestrummerthemovie.com
Joe Strummer RIP: John Graham Mellor (21 August 1952 – 22 December 2002.)