Good evening and welcome back to the blog on a Saturday evening. I’ve been listening to Frightened Rabbit tonight again and can’t get over what a brilliant band they are, I’m really forward to seeing them for the first time later this month. Based on live clips there’s a hint of Joe Strummer leg from lead singer/guitarist Scott Hutchison and although the music holds no obvious similarity to The Clash I still suggest you check them out. They’re another in a long line of brilliant Scottish bands, I could write pages about bands from Scotland that have had a big impact on me and it is especially good to see so many great acts coming out of the cold northern lands once again.
A quick reminder that next week sees a special guest editorial by The Baker who you should know was a key component of the Clash camp for over 7 years, this is the first time he has spoken about his time with the band in a public forum of any sort. So don’t miss it, I expect to publish part one on Tuesday or Wednesday of next week.
A couple of Happy Birthdays tonight to Richard Jobson, The Skids & The Armoury Show (1960) and also Tim Burgess, The Charlatans (1961). I was shocked to see only one year separates them, was Jobson that young when The Skids were in action? Must have been.
Some new limited edition artwork by Graeme Voigt of Joe Strummer has been announced with all proceeds to benefit Strummerville. There are three individual pieces each on a limited run of 100 units (pictured left) and are now on sale for $80 at blankinc.com.au
If you were wondering about the unique shape of the art it is because they are skateboard decks! Skateboarding is one of those things like skiing that your Clash Blogger just never quite got into, not sure if I’m a control freak or just don’t like the idea of breaking bones but on the rare occasions that I have tried either activity I felt like smashing my leg in two was almost a certainty. You can learn more about blank art and see one of these limited pieces as the aforementioned skateboard deck by visiting their facebook page here. Graeme Voigt’s artwork is rather tasty on the whole and this isn’t the first time it has referenced The Clash, have a look for yourself by visiting his website. If, by chance, any of you do end up purchasing one of these I would really like to share some additional photos of this piece on the blog at a later date. If that happens to be you please be sure to contact me.
Finally tonight I wanted to share a great photo of Joe that was taken onstage in Cleveland in ’79, particularly as it was an image that I don’t think I’d ever seen before. I want to give full copyright credit to the photographer Bayard Michael and let you know that a larger version of the image to the right as well as some other great shots are all posted on RockStarMotel.com so go and have a look. It’s an interesting social networking site and allows artists to represent photo portfolios of musicians/acts although as far as I can tell the site is dominated by the more standard fare of audio and video and ties back to Amazon ultimately, so that’s a pity. Still you should visit the link above to learn more about the photographer who was in Minneapolis in the 70’s and took a number of iconic punk photos during that time. His Joe Strummer photo was taken on a road trip to Cleveland for the concert there at The Agora on February 13, 1979. I can only say that with confidence as the page/profile documents his shots and features a stop in snowy Chicago on the way.
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