Friday, August 21, 2009

Not your average Joe...

Blessed by Dionysus, cursed by the Harpies. Joe Strummer brought shamanism back into Rock and Roll, channeling a distinctly Celtic variant of the frenzy that possessed Iggy, Jim Morrison and the MC5 in the late 60s. Drugs, politics and ambition eventually doused that flame, but those who were there felt an energy the Clash's records barely even hinted at.

Joe would have been 57 today. I saw him a few months before he died and I can say that the spirit was as strong as ever, even if the flesh were feeling the effects of all of those endless Bacchanalias. We could use a few more where he came from.