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Thursday, June 19, 2008

The Future is Now, or at Least Very Soon

Joe Strummer Documentary on DVD July 8th

The Future is Unwritten - Julien Temple’s stunning documentary focusing on the life of the late Joe Strummer is set to be released July 8, 2008 on DVD.
I blogged about this documentary master stroke earlier this year and many of you had asked me to update the DVD release date. For the unititiated, The Future is Unwritten is an intimate portrait of the fiery artist who fronted the “only band that matters”. Joe Strummer of the Clash defined punk rock and went on to become an icon for his generation. Sadly, his untimely death in 2002 sealed a legacy that should have gone on for another fifty years.

Directed with precision, flair and a deep passion for the subject by Julien Temple, the film is his career masterpiece. The Future is Unwritten features Strummer’s own narration as well as interviews with the likes of band mate Mick Jones, Sex Pistol Steve Jones, and Martin Scorsese.

The DVD will include a myriad of bonuses, such as director commentary and 100 minutes of music and deleted footage. Definitive perhaps but I really do miss Joe Strummer’s musical presence. This DVD will go a long way in helping to restore a little of that.

And when you’re finished watching your DVD
check this out. I recently heard about this organization on a KCRW Morning Becomes Eclectic podcast with Billy Bragg.
Jail Guitar Doors is an independent initiative set up by Billy Bragg with the aim of providing musical equipment for the use of inmates serving time in Her Majesty’s prisons. It takes its name from the b-side of the Clash’s 1978 single “Clash City Rockers”.
Great to see Joe’s politics do live on.


Barbara Bruederlin said...

You have seamlessly managed to name two of my heroes in one post - well done.

I am looking forward to getting hold of The Future is Unwritten, it will be a great complementary doc to Let's Rock Again. I miss Joe Strummer.

Sean Wraight said...

Two of my heroes too Barbara. (No surprise there huh?)

I've seen the Strummer doc and it is very, very good. It doesn't have the same effect as Westway to the World as Temple was clearly paying homage to a very dear friend.

You're right too, we all miss him.