Mick Jones interview, Nike Strummer shoes

Good Morning, a strange combination of items for you today but I’m still playing catch up from being away. No more earthquakes either (I can tell you were concerned).

First up is a recent (the afternoon the Rock and Roll Public library opened) interview with Mick Jones conducted by Amy Freeborn on Fanpop. More great images of the library share space with the story including the one below where Joe Strummer hand wrote a message to Mick and slipped it under a hotel room door. In the interview when discussing the note Jones says matter of factly “It is what it is”

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With all the press releases about the RnR Public Library it’s great to see another feature that shares Mick’s thoughts about the concept. I wasn’t aware of the recording session feature nor his intention to perhaps ultimately release what is demoed at the temporary studio. It seems he’s been planning the exhibition (for that’s what it truly is) for the better part of a decade and was driven by the fact that the value of such a collection of culture only finds it’s place if plenty of people get to see it. Also great (and not shocking) to find he remains very interested in and a fan of current music such as The Streets, for whom I share a lot of time. I often think Mike Skinner is as close to Punk as anything this decade has seen.

Now on to something I knew was done a good while back but finally found a post and some images. Nike in their far reaching marketing wisdom released a pair of trainers dubbed the Nike Dunk Low SB Strummer Guitar. It seems to be a ‘tribute’ and is themed to represent his Telecaster with a worn brown effect.

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New boots...

Some of the things I’ve seen and read about Joe being commemorated are taking some getting used to – be it a train, a mock guitar, a stone at Glastonbury or now some shoes. To my mind if one of two requisites are met (and ideally both) then it’s ultimately a positive thing. First that the brand/company/manfacturer are doing it by way of tribute that might spark interest in the life of Strummer and The Clash, secondly that where possible a portion of sales (if applicable) are directed to Strummerville. Losing Joe Strummer has not been a good thing for me nor most of you I’m sure. Adjusting to a myriad of situations where his name and legacy prosper I think should be embraced if it’s not exploitative. I like to think it does show the broad reach of impact Strummer had upon so many people who are now in decision making positions¬† rather than a chance to simply profiteer by using his name. I hope that’s the case and have accepted that there will be more such occurrences to consider as time rolls by.

Finally, I see that Tony James of Carbon Silicon is going to be launching his own blog soon. I think that’s exciting news to get current info and I also think Tony is a wonderful writer who lets it all out with a very personal writing style. Stay tuned!


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6 Responses to “Mick Jones interview, Nike Strummer shoes”

  1. Brandon says:

    those trainers are your style!

  2. Joannie Volpe says:

    Of all the articles I've read on Mick's 2 library exhibits, this one is my favorite. It really captures the total human quality of Mick that may be very hard to put across on paper, but this journalist has done a terrific job. I can literally hear Mick's voice speaking gently throughout, and oozing with humility.

    And of all the pieces I've seen of his collection, the note from Joe is my favorite as well. Someday I hope to see it up close and personal. (please bring your exhibit to America, Mick! How about a stint at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Annex in NYC???!!!) It's an amazing piece of history—doesn't it just capture their relationship so succinctly? And for me it epitomizes the man that Joe was through and through…a man who was humble enough to write "It's me, Joe" and sign it "Love, Joe" — I can't even imagine what it's like for Mick to see that note day after day without welling up. Thank you again to all of the photographers, journalists and bloggers who have kept us informed with a steady stream of information about this fantastic event. And to you Tim for coordinating it all here for us. Joe once said that pot was his prozac — I'm starting to feel the same way about theclashblog.com

  3. Joannie Volpe says:

    Ooops, I meant to add this…those sneakers rock! But will I have to hock my guitar to afford them? That's the dilemna I have with alot of the really cool stuff that honors Joe. But, no doubt I'd be much more willing to cough up a pretty penny if I knew Strummerville was on the receiving end. I haven't really purchased anything since Joe died other than 2 awesome T-shirts from machete (thru the Strummerville site) — and they were very reasonably priced. Extremely comfy cotton and quite durable as they've been worn and washed over and over. And I ALWAYS get at least 4 or 5 compliments on them whenever I wear them. So for me, it's a total tribute to joe to wear something with his name and image that makes people smile and think of him when they see it. Totally cool that at last week's Green Day show the guy behind the mixing desk was wearing one of the machete t-shirts that I own(Joe's boombox on a black tee), and I was wearing the other one (Joe's image on a red tee with "Strummer 1" on the back). I met so many Joe fans that night it was so awesome! And the mixing guy and I gave a thumbs up to each other. All in the spirit of Joe, and Green Day rocked and ripped the place to shreds. And Mr. Mixer played "Should I Stay or Should I go" while the crew was setting up GD's equipment.
    And one more thing…the photo of Joe's note is very blotchy and blurry here on your page, but clear on the original article. Don't know if that's my continuing problem, or something else. xxx

  4. Ed Desautels says:

    Tim, There's a great book of essays by Andrei Codrescu called The Disappearance of the Outside. One of the themes he takes up is the shrinking amount of time between something entering the culture as genuine/vital and the market finding a way to hammer this genuine item or idea into a "product." I think the market may have done a double dip on Strummer, both with these shoes and the Joe Strummer Telecaster: this time turning genuine nostalgia for Strummer and the Clash into an almost insulting geetar and a curious pair of sneakers. Anyway, if you're interested:

    • Ed,

      Thanks ~ I'll look into it. What you wrote is thought provoking as I've found myself at odds with liking/accepting these products and I think ultimately I give a guarded thumbs up as it hits me as some sort of emotional blackmail. I try and tone down cynicism when it comes to Joe and The Clash but you've raised the warning flag again.

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