Good Evening All, welcome to the weekend and The Clash Blog. I’ve just recovered from Arsenal drawing Barcelona in the European Cup (more 80′s lingo for you) and decided we have to beat them to win it, so it may as well be now.
Right, so hot on the heels of the brilliant Don Letts interview (see previous post) I’ve cleaned out my inbox of Clash/Strummer/Strummerville related topics coming from the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas and wanted to share the goodies with you. I’ll warn you now that this is a bit of a linkfest but I wanted to get you up to speed.
First up from the music blog ‘The Riverfront Times’ is a review of the first night of the festival in the rain which of course featured Strummerville’s first showcase or ‘The British Music Embassy’. A well written piece though you’ll need to jump through the first few pages to get to the meat of the feature. There was definitely some sad symbolism with Alex Chilton passing on the first night, especially as I didn’t learn until the next day that an appearance by Big Star was actually scheduled for the festival tomorrow. That’s really sad. On a brighter note, there are rumours that a festival of this scope (more than 1,500 bands this year – can you imagine??) is being looked at for the UK – although a location is undetermined. London and Manchester see too obvious, but something smaller such as Oxford or Brighton might be better ideas…or Sheffield? God know…but it would be great to have a UK equivalent. This just in, Big Star will still play in tribute at the festival without Alex Chilton.
Next I found an interview on Spinner with Nat Jenkins who is closely supported by Strummerville. His folk(ish) sound I’m pretty partial to and its interesting to hear his thoughts about The Clash. Check out ‘Spit’ via this link, you’d never guess he was from London. While on Spinner I also saw their video of Rogue Wave who are at the festival, a truly brilliant band that you should check out…I’ll have to remember to blog about them at a later date. Great band to see live, though that rhythm section need to see a barber post haste.
A good (if brief) article on the Wayne Kramer/Billy Bragg led trip to a local prison on Tuesday of this week on behalf of the Jail Guitar Doors initiative. Tonight in Austin is the official opening event for JGD USA – best of luck to them, I think the artwork (on the right) is rather brilliant.
Nice interview with Pablo Cook from Los Mondo Bongo in the Bournemouth paper about the band and of course Joe Strummer. Speaking of which they are playing London on Sunday night, that should be a good turn out. Bournemouth would be a nice town for SXSW*UK come to think of it, I had a few cider filled nights as a late teen on the beaches in Bournemouth I must confess. There’s nowhere else quite like it, its like the south of France without the French, or wine, or good food.
“He’d spend hours at the back of gigs talking to people after shows and he’d always make sure everyone had a chair and everyone had a drink. We’d book into fancy hotels and end up building campfires outside and sitting there talking it all out – that’s when the work took place, between the hours of 11 and five in the morning.” Pablo Cook speaking about Joe Strummer
“Help Save The Youth of America” seems a good way to end tonight’s post – so with that said enjoy some Bragg on the Strummerville stage from the other night. I’ll be back soon, cheers for your visit.