Joe Strummer – The Future is Unwritten

Joe Strummer - The Future is Unwritten

Joe Strummer – The Future is Unwritten

  John Graham Mellor aka Joe Strummer is to this day one of the biggest stars of British pop music. The former frontman of punk legends The Clash died at the age of 50 years on 22 December 2002 of a heart attack.

The Clash next to the Sex Pistols were among the most famous bands of the punk movement, and counted after the quick end of punk for a long time among the few survivors to be taken seriously, because they are so well thanks to their musical masterminds Mick Jones and Joe Strummer musically advanced and are not in the simple structures of punk remained. This record was one of the principles of the band, not only on stubborn three-chord punk style, as well as funk, reggae, soul, folk and ska were incorporated into the songs and yielded a sound that – even under decidedly political lyrics — radically from those of other punk bands of different that simply were opposed only against everything and everyone. The meteoric rise of The Clash lasted into the mid-eighties and included hits like “London Calling”, “Rock the Casbah” and “Should I stay or should I go”.

Even when the band in 1985 after the departure of Mick Jones before him hindümpelte and subsequently dissolved, Strummer’s career was far from over. Published in 1989, Strummer released his first solo album titled “Earthquake Weather”, he sang with the Pogues as a replacement for the downed Shane McGowan played with The Levellers, performed with Johnny Cash and formed a band called The Mescaleros. A rich, full and unfortunately far too short life.

The director Julien Temple is no stranger to the British music scene since the early days and was also always associated in a special way with the punk. His film is one of the first Number One film documents the early punk era. And with The Great Rock’n’Roll Swindle (1979), his first feature film, he sat down too quickly burned up the punk scene of the Kingdom, a wild, anarchic monument – this time, the unbridled energy of the music had long been in the recovery cycles of music industry caught and lost its revolutionary force. Temple has developed over the years that followed – also thanks to the success of The Great Rock’n’Roll Swindle – a regular fixture and one of the pioneers in the booming business of music films. His works include films such as The Secret Policeman’s Concert, Absolute Beginners with David Bowie and Patsy Kensit, and many others. With Joe Strummer – The Future is Unwritten Temple returns to his roots and seeks (in part to common) companions such as Mick Jones, Jim Jarmusch, Bono, Bob and Harvey Weinstein, Matt Dillon, John Cusack Johnny Depp and even to inform them of the ask people to Joe Strummer. The central point is a campfire, interviewed at the Temple, the former friends Strummer – a tribute to the singer who fire adored. Not only that shows the richness of personality facets Strummer, who was also a punk of the first hour as a rock ‘n’ roll-nomad, a gentle poet and a man searching for himself until the end.

But despite the plethora of “talking heads” comes up at this homage at no time boredom, even though Temple is limited on it, Strummer’s life more or less told chronologically. Especially impressive is the wealth of photographic material, which was collected and again and again by the quiet conversations around the campfire or the brutal, high-energy songs by Strummer was adjourned. This mix of loud and quiet, time, documents and memories, of thoughtfulness and directness can tend to forget that Joe Strummer is no longer among the living. Perhaps it is otherwise often just an empty phrase when it is said about a deceased person, that he lives on in the hearts of those left behind. In the case of Joe Strummer, but there is even a movie that proves that it is so.

(Joachim Kurz)

Title: Joe Strummer – The Future is Unwritten Country of production: Ireland, Great Britain Year of production: 2007 Length: min 123 ( ) of material: New Visions

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