Saturday, December 22, 2007

goodbye inspiration, voice of a generation

Five years ago today, and it still seems so wrong.

RIP Joe Strummer

I've been listening to the Clash a lot today, in memory. Here are a couple of samples, and a tribute.

Washington Bullets - the Clash
Coma Girl - Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros
Strummerville - Stiff Little Fingers

On a somewhat related note, I have finished reading my first book of the Winter Reading Challenge. If you would care to hear my opinion of Please Kill Me: the Uncensored Oral History of Punk, please head over here to read the review. I'll say this, the book was not what I expected.


Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

I love the Clash and I really love that Stiff Little Fingers song. I play "Guitar and Drum" LOUD when I play it here at Monkey Central.

Dale said...

I'm listening now, thanks Ms. Zombie. Nice review of the book too! Merry Christmas, it's almost here!

Joe said...

Great review of "Please Kill Me" You 're exactly right about what a fascinating, quick read it is.

Perfect holiday reading!

And as for Joe It's been 5 years already?

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I agree, Dr M, Stiff Little Fingers must be played very loudly. It's the law.

Mere days away, Dale! Are you still sitting on your little rocking horse, waiting?

I wasn't exactly quick about reading it, Bubs, but that's just because I usually only have time to read in bed, and I'm asleep within seconds, but for normal people, yes, very fast read.
Hard to believe that the world doesn't have Joe anymore.

Allison said...

I really would like to read that book, the name alone makes me want to pick it up.

I hope you are enjoying your holidays, thus far. :)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Great name, isn't it, Al? The authors took it from a t-shirt that Richard Hell used to wear - sort of sums up the whole era.

mellowlee said...

*sniffle* I still can't listen to J Cash and J Stummer's version of Redemption song without getting a little weepy!

That book looks like one that ought to be on my bookshelf! I'm heading over to check it out now

Barbara Bruederlin said...

They both did such a wonderful job on Redemption Song, didn't they, Mel? They are both sorely missed.

I am sure you would love this book, sure of it!

phlegmfatale said...

Did you ever see him in the Jim Jarmusch film Mystery Train? Good stuff - love him. Miss him. Such a tremendous loss. Why didn't they take Paul & Ringo-- we weren't using THEM. Bastiges!

phlegmfatale said...

...and Mick and Keef... and Steve Tyler... and-- and-- and--

Barbara Bruederlin said...

hahaha I love the word "bastiges", Phlegmmy! In fact I have Johnny Dangerously to thank for a good many fractured curse words that I use on a regular basis.
And yes, there were so many others they could easily have chosen from instead.