Good morning, the weekend has arrived. You should be out doing something good, but I appreciate you dropping in all the same. I’m hoping to get to the beach today or tomorrow and of course I’ll send a postcard now that the warm weather has returned.
Years ago (1985) when I was too young to know much better I used to wander around West London with friends on warm summer weekends (that’s how I remember it), visiting markets and stopping in pubs and having a pint here and there hoping that we might just bump into Joe Strummer or Mick Jones if we had picked the right neighbourhood. Pre-internet it wasn’t as easy to have your Clash history to hand but I knew that Ladbroke Grove, Notting Hill or the surrounding environs were each a good call. We never saw anyone of note unless you count a rather stinky Kevin Rowland (he was bladdered) in a rough pub near Kilburn.
We knew enough history though to try The Elgin from time to time but it had more old locals than young punk rockers by the mid-80’s. The quest went to a new level as I ended up leaving my basement flat in Central London for the relative glamour of half a house off of Goldhawk Road. A wise decision as any concert in Hammersmith was a short walk as were any number of good pubs before the Australian invasion of 1987. Still, I never bumped into a former Clash member but the hope kept you going. It sounds daft and innocent years later but I was a music obsessed 18 year old, as opposed to an older version of the same thing now.
Suitably enough it’s the famed Elgin that will be hosting the first Strummerville concert of 2013 in a series of gigs that will spotlight artists that the foundation supports and raised funds at the same time. The Elgin will never win awards for the most stylish pub in London but it used to have sporadic bouts with being hip. It’s a long time since I’ve been but I think it’s great that Strummerville chose the location for the gig. March 1 is the date in question and I’d suggest getting there around 7pm, admission is free and below is the official blurb.
This is our first event of the year and will be on 1st March 2013 at the fabulous Elgin on Ladbroke Grove. Come down and support these fantastic acts:
The Meat and Onions Gang
Bob Doyle on the decks.
Facebook event page:
Onto other news before heading out, I know many of you were as saddened as me to read about Wilko Johnson and his health prognosis at the start of the year. It’s left many with a heavy heart but if you’ve seen or heard any interviews with Wilko over the intervening weeks I don’t know how you could fail to be inspired by his mentality and spirit. I can’t picture myself handling his situation with anything like the same courage so surely there is so much to be learned here. What a chap and what an inspiration. I so hope that many of you are able to see him on his tour in March.
Wilko Johnson interview on BBC Breakfast 15/2/13