So How Are YOU Going To Celebrate Joe Strummer's Birthday?
Today is Joe Strummer's sixtieth birthday. I wish Joe Strummer were alive so he could have refused to play London Calling at the stupid Olympics and said something smart and awesome about it. I wish Joe Strummer were alive for a number of other reasons.
I am going to celebrate Joe Strummer's birthday by rolling my eyes at a cop if I see one. I'm going to listen to Clash City Rockers a hundred times and think about how grateful I am that Joe Strummer wrote the sentence "I wanna liquify everybody gone dry" in addition to the great many other extraordinary sentences Joe Strummer wrote that changed my life forever. I have the day off today, which is appropriate. I don't think that any human should ever have to go to work on Joe Strummer's birthday. I'm going to book Joe Strummer's birthday off work every day for the rest of my life.
If you can't think of anything to do on Joe Strummer's birthday that properly honors his legacy, here are some stories I wrote about some songs Joe wrote that you could read: Janie Jones, Cheat, Rudie Can't Fail, Lose This Skin, and Straight To Hell. And if you're not in the mood to read, all I ask is that you take maybe five minutes out of your day to think very hard about life and death. I think it would make Joe Strummer very happy, if we all could just do that.