While the Sex Pistols were busy with their Warholian experiment in nihilism, The Clash became the thinking man’s punk rock. In “Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten,” the subject even discusses his love of thinking, how there’s no point in getting up in the morning if not to engage in that activity all day long. With that in mind I’ve selected five quotes from the film that made me think – or at least laugh.
Strummer’s riff on life’s indulgent missteps, like overdubbing “the sound of ants biting through a wooden beam.”
After the camera pans from an interview with members of The Clash to manager Bernie Rhodes (a blowhard unafraid to take credit for everything punk, including the Sex Pistols) passed out in a corner, then back to the band, Strummer deadpans, “He invented punk rock!”
Joe Strummer quotes the Bible. “There’s a time to dance to techno and a time not to.”
Joe Strummer on cigarette smoking. “Nonsmokers should be banned from buying any product a smoker created.”
And finally a word from Mick...
“It’s no worse than any other prostitution business.” Mick Jones on rock ‘n’ roll.
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