[Book Nerd Links] Poetry, Painting, and Punk Rock

[Book Nerd Links] Dickens, Murdoch, and the Ramones

Here’s to You, Joe (Strummer)!

Joe Strummer died, tragically and unexpectedly, on 22 December 2002.

Joe Strummer

Joe Strummer: 21 August 1952-22 December 2002.

50 Things You Never Knew About The Clash [NME]-This list is great for anyone in need of a crash course on The Only Band That Matters.

Daily Diversion #241: Early Christmas Gift…

…to myself.

The Ballad of Joe Strummer

The Ballad of Joe Strummer by Chris Salewicz

“Authority is supposedly grounded in wisdom, but I could see from a very early age that authority was only a system of control and it didn’t have any inherent wisdom. I quickly realised that you either became a power or you were crushed.”-Joe Strummer

Voices from the Grave-Joe Strummer Birthday Edition #1

For one day only, I’m switching from literature to punk, from the imagination to concrete humanity. Today is dedicated to Joe, on what would have been his 60th birthday. He had a heart bigger than the world, and lyrical ability to match. With compassion, clarity, and righteous anger, he, along with George Bernard Shaw*, pointed me in the only direction I am meant to face.

One of my favourite songs by The Clash.

My wedding song.

I still cry when I watch this video.

*If you think they are an odd pair to be so heavily influenced by, in equal and often parallel  measure, please check out the Pinterest board I have dedicated to them: As Far as Thought Can Reach. It might not offer an intellectual explanation, but it is fun to see them side by side.