The gentle genius behind Police And Thieves
. So often delivered live by The Clash
. "You should hear Junior Murvin singing this song... He can sign it as high as the roof!" A sweet, sweet voice, now quiet
, co-founder of seminal punk band The Clash
, his hair as thin as the crowd, plays a few solo songs
at the opening of the Rock and Roll Public Library
, a converted office under a motorway in West London, in between swigs of lager. That is all. But what else do you need?
is the face and name most often associated with The Pogues
. Unraveling Shane's psyche would require a book-length study but the crux of his identity lies somewhere in that conflict between English experience and Irish heritage.
The abbreviated story of his life starts with his birth in England, but he was raised in Ireland, and moved back to England some years later. He won a scholarship to the renowned Westminster School, where he was possibly enrolled alongside Thomas Dolby and other notable people
. MacGowan was involved with drugs and publicized hooliganery
before being in a band, the first of which was The Nipple Erectors
in 1977. [more inside]
Julien Temple chronicles the life of Joe Strummer
in his new film
titled The Future Is Unwritten
50 is an odd age for a rock star to die.
25 or 75 both seem right. But fifty? That's absurd! And he never got round to reforming the Clash ...