This past week marked the 6th anniversary of the death of Joe Strummer. I was fortunate enough to see The Clash in 1979 before the album London Calling was released. I did not know a lot about the band at the time, but a friend talked me into going and for that I am forever thankful. We had lodge level seats in a NYC concert hall called the Palladium. They opened with London Calling and it felt like the entire theater was bouncing to the pounding beat. The band had an amazing energy that night.
After his death, the album Streetcore was released featuring a cover of Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song”. At the beginning of the video, you can hear Joe Strummer say “People can change anything they want to”. Listen to the incredible passion in his voice. I think this is very true, with the key being, we have to want to. Take a few minutes to watch this inspiring video to see for yourself. Unfortunately the video has recently been removed from YouTube, but you can watch it here.
Joe Strummer’s music had a profound effect on many people. He was also a driving force behind setting up Future Forests, an organization that combats global warming by planting trees in various parts of the world. The organization has since been renamed The Carbon Neutral Company and does some excellent work in carbon offsetting.
At the end of the video, you can see the words “The Future is Unwritten” on the wall. What a powerful statement. We all have a hand in writing our future, what will your contribution be?