Thursday, 30 September 2010

A New York Minute

Wandering the streets of New York City throws up myriad noteworthy sights and sounds - drunk homeless folks massaging their genitalia notwithstanding - of which many are musically-inclined. 

I've thought about kicking off a separate record for the photographic and video evidence of such moments but, that being still in the mental birthing stage, I decided to link them to H-T-A for the moment. The musical ones, at least....the inappropriate ones you will be spared. 

This snap is a mural on the corner of E. 7th St and Avenue A, deep in the heart of the freak-geek chic of Manhattan's East Village. A quick step across the road leads us into Tompkins Square Park, one of the choice spots in the city to view the alternative folks doing their thing. 

Being a Brit, Joe Strummer has a special place in my musical soul and it was outstanding to find this homage to the man's legacy, no less so because it's in one of the most artistically vibrant areas of the borough. 

MP3: Joe Strummer & the Mescaleroes 
Taken from the 2003 album, Streetcore 


Buy it at Insound!

From his seminal efforts in The Clash,  to his latter day solo stuff and with The Mescaleroes, Strummer drew together elements of the working class influences in Britain, punk, reggae, and straight up rock to push social and musical boundaries. With that semi-rasping vocal and understated-yet-bold guitar sound, Strummer's style is immediately familiar. Losing him prematurely in 2002, at the age of just 50, we were most certainly robbed of some excellent music from his twilight years. 

 

Even in his absence, the famous name continues to work for aspiring musicians in the form of Strummerville. Check out the charitable work done by this organisation to celebrate Joe's message and life. 

 

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