We’re NOT So Bored With The USA: Joe Strummer And New York.
Above Photo: Mural of Joe Strummer in the East Village, New York.
On my last visit to New York, we were driving around the East Village late one afternoon when I spotted the above mural on the side of a building. It shows Joe Strummer of The Clash, who died in 2002.
It was such a visually explosive piece of art, I begged my friend to stop and let me out, even though we were in a long line of traffic. I said I’d catch up with him wherever he could stop. I just knew I had to take the photo and would never find my way back if I didn’t take it immediately.
So I jumped out of the car and took some photos as the sun began to set, then ran almost two blocks to find my friend. I was really happy I’d acted on impulse; he less so.
I later learnt that in 2013, an earlier mural of Strummer in the East Village had been demolished during building works to a bar. It was only in late September 2013 that the new one had been unveiled. Attending the ceremony was Joe’s former Clash band mate, Mick Jones.
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These are two of my favourite USA-related Clash tracks, both very different in style and tone.