Mick Jones Strummer Of Love

After a magical three days in the Somerset hills, The Justice Tonight Band closed the one-off Strummer of Love festival commemorating the life, beliefs and music of Joe Strummer.

“Although it’s been challenging in many respects because of the economic climate, sometimes rock and roll can stand up in the face of economics and still inspire. The festival has been filled with smiling people who still believe. I want to express my love to everybody involved. It really felt like the spirit of Joe was in everybody’s heart and soul.” – Strummer of Love

Mick Jones said to the assembled masses: “Joe is in our hearts, body and soul. Forever. Love to Joe for his 60th birthday next Tuesday. We all miss you.”

Thank you to everyone for making this festival truly special.

Strummerville x

The Rock & Roll Public Library: 9th to 31st MARCH 2012

The Rock & Roll Public Library, a testament to popular culture, springs directly from the enormous personal archive of Mick Jones, a collection that began well before The Clash were formed in 1976; as such it forms an invaluable guide to the collision of cultural influences that informed The Clash and Jones. The collection is also a testimony to the manner in which pop music came to its first full fruition at the same time as pop art.

Envisaged as a permanent reference library for use by both the local and international community, it comprises, believes Jones, ‘a personal, cultural and social history of our times, and through that it extends beyond the local to the global.’ Popular culture is now established as part of the curriculum of many universities: it is intended that ultimately the library will be an invaluable and essential aid to academic research and personal inquisitiveness.

Great songwriting partnerships are hard to break up, and so it is apt that the Joe Strummer Subway on London’s Edgware Road will lead you to the latest edition of The Rock & Roll Public Library at the Subway Gallery – a home for underground art – located in the underpass below Paddington Green police station.

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Dean Cavanagh / ZANI remembers Joe Strummer Seven Years Gone

joe-strummerA couple of days before Christmas 2002 I get a text message from a mate saying Joe Strummer is dead. My mate owns a sex shop and does lots of gak. I thought he was finally losing it. Joe Strummer dead? No! No fucking way!

Elvis and Lennon’s deaths were shocking but this was news of a death of someone I had grown up listening to and occasionally aping. This was the death of someone who had spoken directly to me.

Rewind to 1977 and I’d got a right royal bollocking from my old man for customizing a white Harrington my mum had bought me on tick from Grattan catalogue. I’d got my mate Bob Marino — the first punk on our council estate — to do “The Clash” stencil on the back of the pristine white jacket. I thought I looked way beyond cool strutting around the streets in the jacket. My old man thought I was a vandal. Thank fuck he never clocked the Indian ink tattoo as well.

It might sound strange nowadays to say that a band can change your life, but that’s exactly what Strummer, Jones, Simonon and Headon did for millions of kids around the world in 1977. The Clash were the real deal and with Strummer leading The Last Gang In Town you intuitively knew you had a leader who walked it like he talked it. Even when news came out that he was the son of a diplomat and not a Ladbroke Grove urchin, it didn’t matter. It didn’t matter because you knew Joe Strummer meant it. Strummer wasn’t slumming it. He couldn’t be! Nobody could fake those gutteral soul performances, unless of course they were extremely good actors, and let’s face it, the acting he did for Alex Cox and Jim Jarmusch in later life was hardly Oscar worthy.

Again, it’s hard to convey just how exciting it was buying a Clash single, running home, sticking it on the record player and listening to it over and over until you’d wore the needle down and pulled the print off the cover by staring at it for so long. The Clash were the full package: music, image, attitude.

The Clash couldn’t have come at a better time. The country was rotting under a corrupt and inept Labour Government that culminated in The Winter Of Discontent. We’ve obviously learned nothing as we find ourselves over 30 years later still ruled by a corrupt Labour Government who are even worse than the one in 1977. The Clash cut through the partisan bullshit of the left/right paradigm and came out firmly on the side of raw Truth. The lyrics hit the head and the heart and implored us to be angry with our lot. ‘White Riot’s incendiary clarion call shook us out of apathy and infused us with a sense of belonging. This was music for the disaffected, marginalized and those hungry for a direction. Above all, it was a call for change. That change came in the form of a new entrepreneurial spirit.

In my opinion The Clash epitomized a move away from state reliance. The state was fucked and the only way to move forward was to do it yourself. Simple: go out and form your own band, start a fanzine, throw a disco, write, design, make films, start a radio station, build your own record label, just create, do anything, something to beat the boredom and make a mark. This attitude seeped into the ideology of Thatcherism. Though loathe to admit it, the first wave of Punk Rockers in the UK were more in line with the Thatcher/Reagan spirit than the dead horse of the pseudo socialist Labour party that celebrated defeatism and subsidy. I doubt Joe Strummer would ever recognize the correlation but it’s there if you study the history. The amount of artists, writers, designers, film makers and successful entrepreneurs who charted their own courses from the punk big bang is staggering.

If Joe Strummer — and by default the rest of The Clash — should be remembered for anything though, it is their maverick attitude towards culture. Strummer got me listening to reggae and dub. Through him I found classic rock & roll, folk, country and western and even a little World music. It was this eclecticism that always kept Strummer relevant. Strummer was a genuine music lover, and believe it or not, that isn’t always the case with famous musicians.

I was fortunate to attend the remembrance benefit of Joe Strummer at The White Cube Gallery a few years ago. In the true spirit of Joe, Paul Buck, Johnny Johnson, James Brown, Paolo Sedezzari and me celebrated in high old style and to this day still look back on it as one of the best nights out…ever. The place was rammed with ‘creatives‘ from right across the spectrum. From pop stars to footballers and actors to psycho’s, chancers and misfits the place rocked out to Joe’s music and it was a testament to a man who was truly loved by all who met him. In the final analysis that’s all that ultimately matters…Joe was a good guy and an inspiration to those of us who didn’t want to do a “real” job for a living.

© Words – Dean Cavanagh/ ZANI Ltd
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Mick Jones Rock & Roll Public Library + Joe Strummers Birthday Gig

Huge thanks to everybody who made the Rock & Roll Public Library Project such a great experience for us, to all the bands who played at the closing gig and especially to Mick Jones for inviting us to put a studio into the exhibition and for just generally being such a dude and being so encouraging and supportive – check out the stage invasion at the end!!!

Strummerville is delighted to be supporting Jail Guitar Doors

Strummerville is delighted to be supporting Jail Guitar Doors and their great work and is proud to announce the London Premier of Breaking Rocks – a documentary about the charity on 01 October at the Proud Galleries, Camden, London.

The premier will be followed by live performances from Billy Bragg, Get Cape. Wear Cape Fly. The Rotten Hill Gang featuring Mick Jones, Chris Shiflett (Foo Fighters) Wayne Kramer MC5, Night of Treason.

1st October 2009 - Jail Guitar Doors Flyer

A night not to be missed
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The Kooks Live Friday 21st August 2009

To commemorate the closing of The Mick Jones Rock & Roll Public Library, Strummerville are proud to present:

The Library Live

This Friday 21st August 2009
Under The West Way, Portobello Road


The Kooks
The Smokey Angle Shades
Beans on Toast
Nat Jenkins
The Supernovas
The Skylarkers

plus special guests

Tickets are £15 on the door which opens 6pm sharp. This is going to be a busy event and tickets are available on a first come first served basis.

Please arrive early to avoid disappointment.

NME News – Kooks to play intimate London show for Strummerville

NME - First for Music - LogoThe Kooks have announced a one-off intimate gig to take place in west London this Friday (August 21).

The band are set to play the gig in aid of the late Clash legend Joe Strummer‘s charity Strummerville. They will play underneath the Westway, next to Strummer‘s former bandmate Mick JonesRock ‘N’ Roll Public Library exhibition space.

Jones has collected thousands of his personal possessions – from childhood comics to Clash memorabilia – and put them on show in the library.

Entry to The Kooks‘ gig costs £15 on the door, on a first-come first-served basis. All proceeds will go to Strummerville. Doors open at 6pm (BST).

August 21 would have been Strummer‘s 57th birthday. The Clash‘s frontman died in 2002 aged 50 of an undiagnosed heart defect.

Mick JonesRock ‘N’ Roll Public Library is open until August 25.

The Clash Blog – Strummerville Event Friday – The Kooks

The Clash Blog LogoThis just in — Brighton band The Kooks are booked for a special Friday night show for Joe Strummer’s Birthday (this Fri Aug 21) under the Westway at Mick Jones Rock n Roll Public library. Talk about missing London, when you can roll together a band I really rate playing at a venue that love to visit marking the birthday of Joe Strummer. I’d almost put up with the weather, the cost of living and Tottenham fans to get over for this. Don’t forget our own birthday bash tribute for Joe this week.

So here’s an event that not only should be a good gig but proceeds go direct to Strummerville. Can you ask for more? Full details of the show on the first link and also here from the NME.

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The Mick Jones RocknRoll Public Library – The Clash Blog

With apologies (I’d been sitting on this contribution in error for a few weeks) I wanted to post this great piece earlier. Mark Hagen from London was another who was lucky enough to get to the opening event of Mick’s Rock n Roll Public Library – his kindly submitted summary follows:

It was a top event, & the actual installation is brilliant – bigger & better than the previous version. It’s taken over a suite of offices right under the Westway. The rooms are divided up thematically – there’s a DVD room (playing Westway To The World last night), a video room (where you can pick any of Mick’s tapes to play; my 14 year old son enjoyed “Killer Clowns From Outer Space”), a magazine room, a book room, Mick’s office, a working studio, a kind of games room, an American themed room and evrywhere you look tons of, well, stuff…

Image Courtesy Peter Stevens

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The Mick Jones Rock + Roll Public Library

Strummerville are so happy to be involved with this truly inspirational project. This is a total must see.

Over the course of the exhibition we will have some of our bands recording with Mick in the live studio room. More info on this as it comes.
The Mick Jones Rock and Roll Library in The Guardian


Portobello Green,
London, W10 5TY
Ladbroke Grove Underground.

22nd July to 25th August 2009,

11am-7pm. Wednesday-Sunday (free.)

‘Rock & Roll’ and ‘Public Library’ shouldn’t mix, one phrase is brash, loud the other sedate and quiet. Yet these two cultures are about to collide. For the first time since the 1850 Library Act that much loved British institution the public library is about gain a loud, revolutionary 21st Century companion.

The Rock & Roll Public Library is Mick Jones’s (The Clash, B.A.D, Carbon Silicon) direct artistic challenge to the likes of the corporate 02 British Music Experience. Rather than let his creative legacy atrophy Jones is reworking (with curator Robert Gordon McHarg III) his own archive collection as a unique ‘guerrilla-installation.’ Set under the Westway motorway in 3000 sq.ft of former office space, Jones’s four-week artistic and civic endeavour will also encourage visitors to enrol, freely interact with the exhibition (Jones began collecting well before he formed The Clash in 1976 to eventual international success, as such it forms an invaluable guide to the influences that informed Jones as a pop-artist). Also uniquely by request users will be able to scan (courtesy Genus, U.K distributor of the Book2net Kiosk) certain objects and via memory stick carry them away. Numerous young-bands will also be recording at the Library (courtesy of Strummerville). Note visitors to the world’s first, resolutely alternative, Rock n Roll Public Library shouldn’t expect peace and quiet.

##Notes to editors.

A press kit comprising background information and photography is available. Interviews on request.

Contact TIM BURKE.
Tel: 020 7792 9626. 07949381819.