Review By: Mut “I Should Be Rich” Asheru
As a tribute to Clash frontman Joe Strummer, the documentary Strummerville attempts to tell the story of Joe Strummer and even more so of the foundation that bares his name. The Strummerville Foundation was established in England by friends and family of Strummer after his passing. We’re talking friends like Billy Bragg, Don Letts (director) and Damien Hirst.
Being the publication that dubs itself “The Magazine for Independents” we had to see a film about a man who was independence and the foundation. We fell in love with some bands on the way as well. Can you say Riff Raff anyone?
Bouncing between never seen before footage of Strummer and the direct beneficiaries of his legacy; the doc serves its purpose. A lot of folks would have loved to see more of Strummer but I think the beauty is we see more of the people who are benefitting from his life and passion for creating.
Most of the bands knew nothing of the man before they found Strummerville. I’m glad the director kept in real in that sense. This way we could see firsthand just how interconnected we all are. The goal was not hero worship as that doesn’t seem like something Strummer would have welcomed. He lived, he influenced, he died and he’s still influencing. How beautiful that because he lived indie artists are supported and nurtured in his name.
Could the editing and flow of the doc been more smooth and polished? Maybe, but I don’t think I would have liked it in anything else other than this organic form.