At-A-Site Theater presents a Summer Project Celebrating Birthdays of Dead Writers: Joe Strummer, August 21


AUGUST 21, 2014

JOE STRUMMER (1950-2002)

Location: Downtown Asheville NC

7:30pm - 11:30pm

Near Wicked Weed & Mamacita's on Biltmore Ave map link

(Please note:  The Reader may occasionally need to move to an alternative site because of weather or other onsite circumstances)

Passersby are invited to chose from a menu of song lyrics by this English lyricist, born John Graham Mellor, who was the lead singer of The Clash and The Mescaleros, as well as member of The 101ers, Lation Rockabilly War and (briefly) The Pogues. The selection will then be read to them.





The Clash was part of the orginal punk movement, but their music incorporated elements of reggae, ska, dub, funk, rap, and rockabilly, and their politicised lyrics, musical experimentation, and rebellious attitude had a far-reaching influence on rock, alternative rock in particular. Unlike many punk bands they were anti-racist and anit-war and wrote many songs about the threats to immigrants in the UK and the US.




On 20 May 1980, Strummer was arrested for hitting a violent member of the audience with his guitar during a performance in Hamburg, Germany. This incident shocked Strummer, and had a lasting personal impact on him: "I nearly murdered somebody, and it made me realise that you can't face violence with violence. It doesn't work."

More information about Joe Strummer can be found at Wikipedia and at Strummerville, the Joe Strummer New Music foundation website. You can find lyrics to Clash songs here, and lyrics to Mescaleros songs here.







"This is a public service announcement
With guitar
Know your rights all three of them

Number 1
You have the right not to be killed
Murder is a CRIME!
Unless it was done by a
Policeman or aristocrat
Know your rights

And Number 2
You have the right to food money
Providing of course you
Don't mind a little
Investigation, humiliation
And if you cross your fingers

Know your rights
These are your rights
Hey say Wang

Know these rights

Number 3
You have the right to free
Speech as long as you're not
Dumb enough to actually try it.

Know your rights
These are your rights
All three of 'em
It has been suggested
In some quarters that this is not enough!
Well ....... ...... ......

Get off the streets
Get off the streets
You don't have a home to go to

Finally then I will read you your rights

You have the right to remain silent
You are warned that anything you say
Can and will be taken down
And used as evidence against you

Listen to this



"London calling to the faraway towns
Now war is declared and battle come down
London calling to the underworld
Come out of the cupboard, you boys and girls


London calling, now don't look to us
Phony Beatlemania has bitten the dust
London calling, see we ain't got no swing
'Cept for the reign of that truncheon thing


The ice age is coming, the sun's zooming in
Meltdown expected, the wheat is growing thin
Engines stop running but I have no fear
'Cause London is burning and I live by the river"


 from The Clash song "London Calling"


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