Hello my friends and (finally) welcome back to The Clash Blog. As you’re aware this is the first update in quite some time and there is a long old list of reasons why which I’ll get to later but today I just wanted to take a moment to remember Joe.
If you’re visiting here you don’t need me to remind you that it’s the 12th anniversary of the day that is burned in our memories forever of when we lost Joe Strummer. Even today my recollection of hearing the news and being stunned into submission is raw and tangible, that day and the weeks that followed were consumed by a sense of loss that I’ve never experienced before or since, the fact that it happened right before the holiday only heightened the stark reality.
I still miss Joe Strummer, in fact I still miss The Clash, but the magic in something and someone who creates and intends to bring positive change lasts forever. Writing this blog and getting to know so many of you that read it has made me realise that we were following a band that mattered and that Joe Strummer (with faults and warts) inspired hundreds of thousands of us. The fact that for me it took probably five of the twelve years since for the sadness to be replaced by a sense of inspiration by Joe’s life was time that I lost and regret somewhat, but the whole point of starting this blog was to say thank you to Joe, Mick, Paul, Topper and Terry for changing my life in a way that I feel each and every day.
The blog will be back and running on a regular basis in 2015 and until then please join me in remembering, celebrating and being inspired by the life of Joe Strummer.