Julien Temple discusses Joe Strummer



Despite his indelible association with the punk movement, rock filmmaker Julien Temple didn't become friends with Joe Strummer until the final years of the Clash co-founder, who died in 2002 at age 50. Temple's documentary, Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten, deftly chronicles Strummer's life, giving equal weight to the wilderness years that followed the Clash's breakup in the 1980s. They shared a love of the Glastonbury festival, chronicled in Temple's recent documentary.

Film critic Curt Holman has written insightful reviews of both The Future Is Unwritten (opening today, Nov. 9, at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema) and Glastonbury. I recently got a chance to interview Temple (The Filth and the Fury) and discuss his latest work and the challenge of making a compelling rock biography.

Also, feel free to check out my review of Pat Gilbert's excellent Clash bio, Passion Is a Fashion: The Real Story of the Clash, while I was at Gambit Weekly in New Orleans.

Note: This really is just a snippet of a 25-minute interview. Send your comments if you'd like to hear more. Be glad to edit up another, extended version for you Clash fans. Also, just for the record, for a man who's pretty much a legend unto himself, Temple's incredibly accessible and engaging and didn't seem to snicker too loudly when I confessed to being a Clash fan. (Talk about your Chris Farley moments.)

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