We are thrilled that the wonderful Shepard Fairey agreed to design an original Strummerville piece to raise funds for the organisation.
The print will be available to buy on Wednesday 16th April and is $65 from Shepard’s OBEY website – we will receive $35 per sale.
The Clash are my all-time favorite band and their frontman, Joe Strummer, is a hero of mine for his music, lyrics, wit, compassion for the underdog, and stance against injustice. Joe’s widow Lucinda approached me about creating an image of Joe to help raise funds for Strummerville, the charity set up to honor and fulfill Joe’s belief that music can inspire and empower. Strummerville provides opportunities for musicians around the globe. I was incredibly honored that Lucinda asked me to be involved, and I was moved when she shared her opinion that Joe and I have similar philosophies. The print is a collaboration with photographer Kate Simon, who shot the first Clash cover. Please check out what Strummerville is about and show your support! Thanks for caring. – Shepard Fairey
The music centre built by Strummerville in Africa has no instruments to keep going! Imagine your life without music, no expression, no release. Contact Tilinanu to donate your old instruments to the centre! Please note instrument donations are accepted only from UK residents. We simply don’t have time to accept instruments from overseas, the volunteers are leaving next week so get in touch fast and make a community smile!
Use the form to tell us what you can donate and where you are located.
About Tilinanu Project
Tilinanu orphanage in Malawi, Africa houses, feeds, loves and educated 34 girls, feeds 175 community orphans and runs 3 boys foster homes. We facilitate greater sustainable change through our outreach projects and the help of love support unite volunteers. http://lovetilinanu.org.uk/
Strummerville are very pleased to announce a new partnership with Gigantic Tickets.
The partnership means that you can donate to Strummerville during the checkout process every time you place an order with Gigantic.
You can rest assured you’re in safe hands with Gigantic because they’ve got years of experience in the ticket industry. They have always drawn on that experience and worked hard to make Gigantic the kind of company it is – a little different, a little better. They believe it’s the little things that make a big difference & we couldn’t agree more.
We are truly thankful for Gigantic for this partnership and wish the team all the best.
Hey folks, along with Subway Gallery we would like to thank all the artists who took part in the STRUMMERVILLE SHOW (click through to see the artwork).
A total of £3,439 was raised. A big thank you to Gordon and the Subway Gallery and all the people who supported the December fundraising art exhibition, gift shop and raffle (won by Philip from London).
Strummerville and Subway Gallery enjoyed hosting the event and featuring all the great artwork, feel free to get in touch with Subway Gallery for future arts & music events – http://www.subwaygallery.com/
The book launch Party for Punk Rock Warlord: The Life and Work of Joe Strummer will include a Q&A session with some of the book’s contributors, a set of 101er’s, Clash and Mescaleros songs performed by the much loved 48 Thrills, DJ set from Ray – Rude Boy – Gange, Pop Up Joe Strummer Gallery, Special Guests and an opportunity to buy the book at a discount.
The Elgin – where Joe Strummer’s first band the 101er’s had a residency in the mid 70s – is also just a few minutes walk from the wonderful W11 Joe Strummer mural! The event is partnered by the Strummerville Foundation for New Music.
Punk Rock Warlord is the first peer-reviewed, academic work to reflect on the life and work of the late Joe Strummer. The book explores the relevance of Joe Strummer within the continuing legacies of both punk rock and progressive politics.
It is aimed at scholars and general readers interested in Joe Strummer, the Clash, punk culture and the intersection between popular music and politics on both sides of the Atlantic. The book includes contributions from Mark Bedford, Matthew Worley, Alex Ogg, Barry Faulk, Brady Harrison, Edward Shannon, Lauren Onkey, Brian Cogan, Jeremy Tranmer, Maria Raha, Justin Wadlow, Walidah Imarisha and Chris Barsanti.
Strummerville and Skaters have teamed up to produce a limited edition Skaters’ mantra ‘No Problem’ t-shirt which will be available exclusively at Skaters shows and on the Strummerville Shop – CLICK HERE TO BUY
We’ve just had an update from our studio in Freetown, Sierra Leone. The studio is run by WAYOut Arts, an organisation that offers training and shelter, make films that can effect change and record music that enables excluded people to re-engage. Here’s the update from WAYOut Arts founder Hazel Chandler:
The Black Street Family, who are a group of street youth who we have been working with for some time now- have just completed their album and it will launch on the 12th April. There, this means a gig and lots of promotion so we are gearing up to this. The videos should be online soon. Included are 2 photos of them that they will be using on the album . Since they have been recording their music they have been accepted back into the community and are no longer feared.
We also have a group of young street youth – 16-20 year olds called The Way group. They live by their wits but, again, since doing their music they have changed and come in to the centre every day and if they cant get into the studio they work at video or photoshop. They are in the studio now recording their ‘anthem’ so there is a photo of them out and about when they were recording the video.
As an incentive we give certificates for completion of work- which includes music tracks so there is also a photo from this month of artists receiving their certificates. 42 certificates were given for new tracks completed this time – thats in the last 2 months. – Hazel Chandler, WAYOut Arts
Our good friends The Blockheads, have asked us to help them spread the word about their fantastic remix competition.
We are inviting DJ’s and Musicians from all over the world to remix our new album ‘Same Horse Different Jockey’ and giving you the chance to be a part of a remix album we are releasing called ‘Same Song Different Mix’ – The Blockheads
This is a great opportunity for bands, producers and DJs to be included on this new remix album. More information about the competition, and how to can get involved can be found on the The Blockheads website – SAME SONG DIFFERENT MIX
Good luck everyone, and we can’t wait to hear the results!
Prince live at Kings Place, London (Valentines Night 2014) img credit: The Guardian
For the past week Prince has been playing ‘guerilla’ style shows in and around London and last night (Valentines nights) Prince and his band 3rdEyeGirl played two sets at Kings Place, to the delight of hundreds of fans.
Imagine the reaction when Prince played Train in Vain by The Clash!
Here’s the original:
Prince arrived in London earlier in February for what was promised to be a series of shows, and performances in Camden and at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire last week received rave reviews. The auditorium at Kings Place, normally home to classical or jazz concerts, suggested a more sedate affair and the tickets for the gig that were printed promised an acoustic show.
Train In Vain (history):
“Train in Vain” was added after the deal for The Clash to write a song for an NME flexi disc fell through, and as Mick Jones commented The real story on “Train In Vain” is that originally we needed a song to give to the NME for a flexi disk that NME was going to do. And then it was decided that it didn’t work out or decided the flexi disk didn’t work out so we had this spare track we had done as a giveaway. So we put it on London Calling but there wasn’t time because the sleeves were already done.The result of its late addition was that it was the only song without lyrics printed on the insert, and was not listed as a track.
If anyone has footage of Prince playing Train in Vain, please share it :)
Strummerville is a registered charity that was set up by the friends and family of Joe Strummer in the year after his death. Strummerville gives opportunities to aspiring musicians and support to projects that create social mobility through music.