From time to time I think it’s really great to see how The Clash continue to impact so many people. The world of blogging has allowed people to journal on a personal level about anything, but let’s focus on The Clash; I want to share other’s comments about the band on a regular basis.
A Clash community is a large part of why I want this site to grow – so look for these updates on a regular basis. If you like and/or have opinions on what you read share it with the author, it creates a really vibrant dialogue.
Cathey wrote a really nice piece about Joe Strummer, focusing on her feelings since his death and interlacing that with the impact The Future Is Unwritten had on her. It’s an unguarded account of looking at Joe on more levels than just musician..and as a result a good article.
Thornbrain shared an in-depth review of Sandinista! and apart from a tiny font (my eyes are pretty decent as well) it’s well worth having a read. I first heard this expansive triple album when I was just 13 and could initially only relate to the more ‘Clash-like’ tracks, Police On My Back, The Call-Up, Mag 7….but some of it (back then) essentially was over my head. Since that time it’s become (on any given day) perhaps the greatest record ever, certainly the boldest. This blog entry is amongst many I’ve seen recently that give the album the credit it deserves.
Last on the bill today is Wilson’s review of Redemption song, the Strummer biography by Chris Salewicz. If you haven’t read the book I urge you to do so, if you have I’d be interested to see how you felt about it. This review seems to have that same ‘not sure how I feel about that’ impact the bio has had on others. Salewicz offers an account of Joe that doesn’t throw a halo on his head and leave it hanging there. I still think it’s crucial reading.
OK mates, will add more soon. I really hope you’re enjoying the blog – tomorrow marks the end of week one – and I’d love to hear from you.