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May 25, 2007 11:04 PM   Subscribe

Filmmaker Julien Temple chronicles the life of Joe Strummer in his new film titled The Future Is Unwritten.
posted by Sailormom (22 comments total) 9 users marked this as a favorite

 
A few clips from the film.
posted by Sailormom at 11:07 PM on May 25, 2007


I seriously miss having Joe Strummer on this Earth.
posted by miss lynnster at 11:10 PM on May 25, 2007


O man this looks good! Thanks for the heads up. I will not miss this.

i netflixed a Strummer doc a few months ago, but it wasn't very good. This looks like the documentary he deserves.
posted by vronsky at 11:14 PM on May 25, 2007


Last, and only, time I saw Joe Strummer he was fronting for The Pogues in Vancouver, when Shane MacGowan was in rehab.

He was top-form, and they were mixing Clash and Pogues tunes amazingly. The crowd was filled with assholes, who spent more time complaining about MacGowan being missing than enjoying the concert they had paid money to get into. It was pretty easy to tell that Joe noticed and I think it made him sing louder, stronger, and maybe a little more tauntingly to spite them.
posted by Kickstart70 at 11:22 PM on May 25, 2007


I would kill to have been at that show, Kickstart.

It's amazing how people choose to be pissed off when they have every reason to be non-pissed.
posted by ibmcginty at 11:33 PM on May 25, 2007


Based on a rumor that he was going to be there to do some kind of "secret set," I once spent an entire evening at Mony Mony's in San Diego. Waiting. Yes, I spent a night in a bar named after a Billy Idol song. This is how much I was willing to suffer for Joe Strummer. But alas, it was just a rumor so I have no better details to add to this story. Dammit.
posted by miss lynnster at 11:51 PM on May 25, 2007 [1 favorite]


It's a Tommy James and the Shondells song, miss lynster. So no harm done.
posted by ibmcginty at 11:55 PM on May 25, 2007


Yeah, but the club was NAMED after the Billy Idol song, not the Tommy James & the Shondells song. Because it was the 80s and that's how we rolled back then.
posted by miss lynnster at 12:27 AM on May 26, 2007


Excellent! Thanks for the heads-up Sailormom. My one Clash concert as a 17-year old is one of my best music memories. Now I will have to fight to get the film shown here in my rural country-muzak part of America.
posted by mmahaffie at 4:57 AM on May 26, 2007


I won't miss this! Thanks for letting me know about it!
posted by Mayor Curley at 5:07 AM on May 26, 2007


Speaking of Billy Idol, why the hell is he still here and Joe Strummer gone? Are we being punished?
posted by tommasz at 6:35 AM on May 26, 2007


Yes we are.

(Billy Idol is still here? WTF?)
posted by scratch at 7:19 AM on May 26, 2007


Oh yes. He's here and he's shirtless.
posted by miss lynnster at 7:31 AM on May 26, 2007


I'm amazed Shane McGowan is still around, when everyone around him like Joe Strummer & Kirsty McColl are gone.
posted by mike3k at 8:00 AM on May 26, 2007


I just saw an ad for this the other day on myspace of all places. (shuddup). Felt kind of dirty that I discovered it through there.

I wish the page had some sort of list as to when it is opening in various cities, since it's not playing anywhere even remotely near me yet.

(also, Billy Idol just released a Christmas album, which is about ten times more disturbing than you'd even imagine.
posted by Kellydamnit at 10:25 AM on May 26, 2007


Speaking of Billy Idol, why the hell is he still here and Joe Strummer gone?

I'm amazed Shane McGowan is still around, when everyone around him like Joe Strummer & Kirsty McColl are gone.


I've thought the same thing so many times. For me, it's the amazement that Keef is still around to make pirate movies and fall out of trees, while Joe lies in the cold ground. (No disrespect intended to the almighty Keith Richards.) Strummer's one of the few celeb deaths that I've never really been able to get my head around; on some level, I just literally can't comprehend that he's gone, in a way that's fundamentally different from how I felt after so many other musical heroes shuffled off this mortal coil. I mean, I was fucking gutted when Johnny Ramone died, for example, but I got it. But the idea of Strummer gone just feels wrong, even after several years.

Which is all a long way of saying that I am counting the days to see this movie, and I will no doubt have to come armed with an entire box of kleenex.
posted by scody at 11:00 AM on May 26, 2007


100% at RT...
posted by chuckdarwin at 12:02 PM on May 26, 2007


But the idea of Strummer gone just feels wrong, even after several years.

Five years(!) this December, day before my birthday. God, that was a crap birthday.
Really looking forward to this, thanks Sailormom!
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 1:17 PM on May 26, 2007


this is going to be wonderful. i was very happy with temple's 'filth and fury' doc and now joe gets the screen time that he deserves. this also looks infinitely better than the don lett's doc on the clash from a while back.

i never got a chance to see the clash during their heyday. by the time i was old enough to go to shows, i was too immersed in the nascent hardcore scene at the time. and then joe was taken away from us just as rumors of a clash reunion were being whispered right before their rock and roll hall of fame induction.

like a lot of folks here, his death was a hard one to grasp for me. it was so sudden. i think this doc will give a lot of us some closure.
posted by cazoo at 2:23 PM on May 26, 2007


Based on a rumor that he was going to be there to do some kind of "secret set,"...

Apparently this is a common thing for them to do though. After the concert they did I mentioned above, friends of mine saw them come on stage at the Pig & Whistle in Vancouver for a short show.
posted by Kickstart70 at 6:10 PM on May 26, 2007


Too bad my 4 year old daughter is too young to go see this and learn exactly why there is a 6 foot tall mural of Joe on her bedroom wall. Perhaps I will someday own it on DVD and show her when she is old enough to think me utterly uncool for liking old punk rock.

Oh the irony of youthful rebellion.
posted by jlowen at 10:24 PM on May 26, 2007


The movie doesn't open wide in the US until September but it will be playing festivals in June. But the soundtrack is out now as well as a new Strummer biography.
posted by ericthegardener at 10:55 PM on May 26, 2007


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