Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros: Redemption Song

Kevin and I just watched The Future Is Unwritten, a 2007 documentary about Joe Strummer, lead singer for The Clash. What I love about Joe Strummer's story is that it's a true redemption story. Here's someone who strove to do good in the world. He sang about important issues. Poverty, police brutality, racism. He got caught up in the same ego, pettiness, and trappings of fame that he despised, but after some time in the "wilderness" managed to come out the other side whole, with new perspective and humanity and perhaps even new truth.

At the end of the documentary, there's such a great quote from Joe Strummer that I had to search for it and post it here. I found the full quote and then I found a piece of it appropriately tacked on to a recording of Joe Strummer and his last band, The Mescalaros, performing a great Bob Marley song. Enjoy!

The Future is Unwritten: Last Words

Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros: Redemption Song

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