Friday, October 06, 2006

London Calling

This has nothing (and everything) to do with politics, but procrastinating over a new story, I just stumbled across one of the best things I have ever found on the internet: Former Clash frontman Joe Strummer and his band the Mescaleros playing a version of Lou Reed’s “Walk on the Wilde Side” in Saint Anne’s in Brooklyn in April 2002. Strummer would pass on from a heart attack eight months later. Moving and beautiful stuff. The guy remains a great hero of mine, I must say. Those interested in a full appreciation of Strummer’s importance in bringing music of conscience to punk and beyond should read Billy Bragg’s essay “The Joe I Knew” as it appeared on the BBC here.

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