September 2009

Mick Jones and Topper Headon get involved with Billy Bragg's 'Jail Guitar Doors' initiative

In 1978, Joe Strummer famously beefed about the new wave of punk groups who were “turning rebellion into money”. In the end, perhaps The Clash became guilty of that crime too, but in fairness they put more energy into staying poor and idealistic than pretty much anyone else from that era. So it was genuinely touching on 15 September 2009 to witness an event that stood Joe’s lyric on its head and, for once, celebrated a bunch of musicians turning their money into rebellion. Or at least rehabilitation.

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