Yawn…it’s going to be a long day when I wake up this early. I used to tease my mum for adopting the sleeping patterns of a milkman, I should have known better, bloody genetics. I’ll get started then and just run and put some coffee on, welcome back to the blog.
A handful of events to get through this morning for you, each of which I hope will hold some interest for some of you. First of all I know that some of you in and near New York will be heading along to the CBGB Festival to see the US premier of ‘The Rise and Fall of The Clash’. The new Danny Garcia film is sure to cause a stir, I just wish it were on wider release. As soon as I learn more you will hear it here. For those intending to see it in New York, you’ll be out of the theatre by 10pm which is far too early to let a night conclude in the city that never sleeps. Thankfully just a short walk away ‘Straight to Hell’ (by all accounts an excellent Clash tribute band) are playing a double set starting at 10pm – admission is free. I realise it’s not The Clash but then again the film you’ll have just seen isn’t the real deal either (I wish I could dilute my bitterness after all these years). I’m assured by band member Dan Miura that you will have an excellent time at the gig which is being held at The National Underground, 159 E. Houston Street, New York, New York 10002. Further information on the banner to your left and via their Facebook event page. As always, if you happen to go along and take a few snaps or would like to scribe a few words about it please feel free to contact me so we can get it on the blog.
I also wanted to point you in the direction of a seminar/Q&A session with Billy Bragg at the (Chicago) Old Town School of Folk Music on his current tour. The video is in 12 parts, but don’t panic it lasts about an hour. It’s mostly Billy talking and playing with some reference to The Clash, punk and the state of the music industry today. He talks about one of my ongoing concerns – where are the protest singers in these barbarous times, his answer was interesting. It’s time well spent if you care to watch/listen he discusses The Clash during video 5 and 6 (I think, it may have been 4 and 8!), also much about Woody Guthrie. Link to video 1 is here but you’ll find them all if you simply visit youtube and type the magic words ‘Billy Bragg at the Old Town School of Folk Music 1-12′(etc). Hope you like it, I did. Incidentally I spoke with Billy (via the keyboard) to see if there was any chance he might be appearing with Mick Jones at Strummer of Love but unfortunately he has another gig on the Sunday night. We’ll simply have to insist Mick joins Billy on the Friday if you ask me.
Been a long day, I started writing this post on Thursday morning when Germany were still on track to win Euro 2012, now it’s 1045pm and they have been rolled over by a very tricky Italian side. I can see them doing Spain also in the final. Remember where you read it first.
I’d love to keep writing as I do have more to add…much more, but I better do the responsible thing which is take the Clash Blog Dog out for a whizz and then retire myself (not vice versa). Until next time, thanks for reading and sharing the blog and to those kind souls who recently sponsored the blog with extra coffee rations thank you so much – I do appreciate it.