Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten

Co-presented by Strummerfest 2012

“Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten opens with startling black-and-white footage of Joe Strummer in the studio, singing. We don't hear any music, just his voice - that strangled lumpen rasp, all ferocity and barbed wire, not so much singing as spitting the lyrics. Then the sound of the Clash crashes in, and you realize that you haven't in a long time heard anything like this rock & roll earthquake.
“The Future Is Unwritten captures the Joe Strummer who, in the late 1970s, just about firebombed the rock establishment with his fury. On stage he was like a scrawny, punk-Marxist James Dean; he made rock-as-activism seem sexy. The Future Is Unwritten has an intimacy that's rare to encounter in rock docs. It's full of amazing home-movie footage - Joe as a roots-rock London squatter, figuring out his image before punk hit; Joe jamming with the Clash for virtually the first time; Joe ripping into a journalist for not being ''serious.'' “The Future Is Unwritten made me long for the era when a rock star could burn this brightly. - Entertainment Weekly


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