Hello and welcome back and I hope this finds you all well. It’s chucking it down outside and much colder too, now this feels much more like Christmas. Just what was called for.
We’re just a day away now from the 11th anniversary of Joe Strummer passing and I’m trying to decide how to run the traditional live blog with other commitments looming. One way or another I’ll have a live blog of some sort and would love for you as always to post your memories, favourite quotes, favourite lyrics, photos or videos of Joe as we remember and be inspired by his all too brief 50 years. I must confess as I inch closer to that age it seems even more unfair of an early loss than it did at the time. Still missing Joe…as if that needs to be said.
There’s also news of something for Boxing Day and if you live in a civilised country (not the one with 50 states) then chances are you have the day off work to relax, spend time with family and friends or just camp yourself in front of the telly and watch football from England. I’ve never worked December 26th even since moving here and don’t plan on starting this year so I hope you will join me in this small protest and if you do there’s some Clash on the radio…so read on.
I wonder if someone has got Sound System for me for Christmas – the boxes under the tree don’t look promising as of now and no bastards from Sony have been in touch which goes to show that free advertising is more than a bit taken for granted. Scrooge hat firmly back in place. Back to Boxing Day Then.
We had a rash of radio appearances back in Sep/Oct by Topper, Mick and Paul you’ll remember and I tried to link to most of them on the site if you go back and check. On December 26th you’ll want to tune into BBC 6 Music to hear a special Clash feature from 1pm-3pm GMT (6am-8am EST). The two hour broadcast will feature Mick, Topper and Paul chatting about the band and helping to author the playlist on the show from their own choices. The official blurb is below and here’s the link to the show (it will be archived for a week also), Boxing Day will be a great day on 6 Music for us overall as you can see from the schedule as at midnight Don Letts recounts the bond between New York and The Clash and 24 hours later a selection of outtakes from Joe Strummer’s London Calling broadcasts for the BBC.
Even as I finish writing this I can’t deny that this weekend is already dominated by the thoughts of missing Joe. I try like mad to stick to ‘be inspired…not saddened’ and I truly feel that is the best approach but shit, you can’t deny that it really does ache this weekend that bit extra. Just last night I was out at a pub and the great photo of The Clash by the door on the way out made me pause and touch the frame of the picture, just an hour or so earlier the jukebox had played Bankrobber and it reminded me that Joe is always going to be with us so long as we are open to that.
Let’s try and make the best of the weekend and I’ve got to run all over town with holiday preparations so the live blog might be very sporadic tomorrow, but I hope to see you here. I’ll most likely start late this evening my time (early Sunday morning in Europe) so please take part if you’re around.