Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The Future Is Unwritten Is Seminal

As most of you know, I am an out of control, over the top fan of The Clash. Joe Strummer - the frontman of The Clash - has long been one of my biggest heroes, not just musically, but for life.

I finally got to see the Julien Temple directed Joe Strummer documentary The Future Is Unwritten. Wow, it did not disappoint. Taking in archival footage and current issues with such luminaries as Mick Jones, Topper Headon, Paul Simonen, Bono, Steve Jones, Johnny Depp, Martin Scoresese, Bobby Gillespie, Damien Hirst, Jim Jarmusch, Anthony Kiedus, Matt Dillon, Don Letts, John Cusack and Steve Buscemi - to name just some of the eclectic mix of individuals whose life and work (regardless of medium) were profoundly effected by Strummer. But this is a warts and all style documentary, that doesn't pull punches or shy away from touching on the flaws of the man as well.

It's Strummer himself that gets that last word, and it's profoundly heartbreaking. While not as epochal as Temple's previous Sex Pistols documentary - The Filth and The Fury - it is a deserving tribute to a great man. Watch it. It's fantastic.

BTW - the above is not a trailer for the film, rather a cool introduction to the Clash for those unfamiliar. Enjoy.