Hello from ClashBlog central, hope its going good. Here in Phoenix AZ we’re heading into the local equivalent of our inverted long winter. It’s just below 100f at midnight and might reach 115f on Sunday. I’m supposed to play football (soccer u.s.) on Sunday so if there’s no post on Monday morning call out the army.
Speaking of the Army I wanted to mention Billy Bragg (again) who is part of another Jail Guitar Doors event this Sunday in Kentish Town N London. I’m posting the info again as for some reason the official JGD site hasn’t provided up to date news. Note to any worthy project looking to promote fundraising and awareness; when you are within 48 hours of an event that showcases your mission and two of it’s figureheads, it’s a good idea to post this on your official website. I say two figureheads as by all accounts Mick Jones will be at the event this Sunday evening. Hopefully someone reading this can get along to the event and furnish me with details, I’d be grateful. Lacking info from the official (with a small o) site Bragg was in tune enough to post this on his site. If someone knows someone who owes someone a fiver at JGD tell them to email me, the Clash Blog is my hobby but we design web sites and I’d be keen to get yours current!
I mentioned the army as Billy Bragg did spend a short time in a tank regiment after leaving school and being in a band. Bragg grew up in decidely blue collar Barking in East London where the options resided between the dole, working at Ford Motors in Dagenham or making a dash to anywhere else. Bragg has a series of Podcasts celebrating his history which I can’t recommend highly enough, this one focuses on his time after Punk and what he did next which was joining the army. I’ll keep flying the flag for Bragg as he continues to celebrate mixing music and politics, raising awareness, and to my mind embodying the spirit of The Clash.
I’ve started the legwork into getting an interview with Billy Bragg to discuss Jail Guitar Doors, The Clash and of course his career. I hope to share positive news in the months ahead.
Thanks for your support on the blog, I’ll be rounding up the blogs and newswires this weekend and completing part 3 on The Rainbow. If there’s anything you want to read more about or contribute any articles let me know.