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Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten

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Ireland, United Kingdom · 2007
2h 3m
Director Julien Temple
Starring Joe Strummer, Mick Jones, Topper Headon, Paul Simonon
Genre Music, Documentary

A tribute to the frontman of The Clash directed by his close friend Julien Temple, who is also a fan and avid chronicler of punk rock. This documentary celebrates Joe Strummer as a music legend and captures him as a human being.

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Village Voice by

Temple's engrossing portrait of the Clash's late frontman uses endlessly suggestive montage to show how he kept punk's precepts alive, even after he left the music and eventually the earth itself.


The New York Times by A.O. Scott

The film is much more than a biography of the Clash’s guitarist and lead singer: It’s history, criticism, philosophy and politics, played fast and loud.


Salon by Andrew O'Hehir

The most powerful documentary I've seen all year, and one of the two or three best films ever made about an artist or musician.


Los Angeles Times by Carina Chocano

The film is a rigorously thorough biography and an impassioned accolade. Temple spends as much time on Strummer's life before and after the Clash as he does charting the band's powerful musical and political influence.


TV Guide Magazine by Ken Fox

Thirty years down the line, not everyone looks as they once did, so even fans will have trouble putting names to aged faces. Newcomers, meanwhile, will feel hopelessly shut out.


The A.V. Club by Noel Murray

Temple introduces viewers to Strummer the punster, Strummer the womanizer, and Strummer the poseur, whom his mates could only really talk to when no one else was around.

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