I can't believe that is has already been five years since Joe Strummer's untimely death at the age of 50. For me Joe Strummer represented a passion and idealism that through rock 'n' roll, you could change the world. Strummer was the quintessential champion of the underdog. He fiercely believe that we all could get along with each other better, if we would only take the time to understand one another.In the five years since his death, we could all have used Joe Strummer around for some commentary. I can only imagine the songs he would have written to help explain the era that we find ourselves living in and to inspire us to change it for the better. Joe, I speak for many, when I say "We miss you!"
For those interested, I highly recommend the documentary by Julien Temple Joe Strummer-The Future is Unwritten, and if you want to know more about the politics of Joe Strummer and their meaning, checkout the anthology Let Fury Have the Hour: The Punk Rock Politics of Joe Strummer edited by Antonino D'Ambrosio. In the meantime, here is the video of Joe Strummer And The Mescaleros version of "Redemption Song".