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”
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.
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!