It’s raining like mad here and it’s cold, plus it’s dark. In addition we got shown a footballing lesson by Bayern Munich today (well done to them) which didn’t improve my mood. I’m not up for writing much, it’s just as well I have a wonderful image that will do my talking for me.
For nearly a decade now we’ve all loved the fact that a certain wall on Manhattan Island will forever be adorned in tribute to Joe Strummer. While the New York City mural has been vandalised a few times and had a complete makeover a few years back it remains a site that is visited by many and respected by essentially all. In fact all cities should have something similar and although that’s old ground for me to cover I still fully intend to push for something to happen in London sooner rather than later, with your help naturally.
Tonight’s photo shows that the New York mural has some friendly and extremely worthy competition. First and foremost I think it’s a beautiful piece of art in much the same spirit as the piece you’ve all seen in the States. Full details? I’d love to share them all and am in the process of finding out more, but hot on the heels of the announcement of Plaza de Joe Strummer in Granada comes a photograph of the mural. They said they’d get started this month on the conversion and it appears that indeed they have.
It is located in the soon to be renamed Plaze de Joe Strummer (Joe Strummer Plaza/Square) in Grenada that was the big breaking news last month, even if we looked on a little jealously from elsewhere. Apparently a Facebook campaign with less than 3,000 signatures got it done, if only London was quite so flexible. I know the work was set to begin this month and it seems that this may be the centre-piece. Based on the images of the 130 year old square I’ve seen it looks like a good guess but don’t quote me on that yet. Maybe in an hour.
* (updated) As I wrote above I wasn’t 100% sure about the facts and I’m happy to announce the details below from Javier Navarrete Fernández-Nieto
Hello I’m Javier Navarrete Fernández-Nieto, director alongside Carles Prats and Anthony J. Garcia, the documentary about the experiences of Joe Strummer in Almería and Granada (Andalusia), “I have a hardware store in Andalusia”
(https://www.facebook.com/QuieroTenerUnaFerreteriaEnAndalucia), who has been in film and soon we will release it on DVD. I am also the organizer of the “St. Joe Strummer Festival” held in August 2012 in Nijar, Almería (https://www.facebook.com/SanJoeStrummerFestival), home to many friends and family still Joe. And specifically, I am also the director of the mural has about Joe in Andalusia, inspired by the famous New York, and is why I write: First I would like to thank your words and share it, and then I would like to correct you . The mural is made of Almería (not in Granada), where the movie was filmed “Straight to Hell”, hence the Joe clothing.
Of course you are invited to visit a few beers when you come by here. A hug and thank you very much for your work.