Joe Strummer: una piazza a Granada

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La petizione, il movimento popolare si era mosso sul finire del 2011. Una piazza di Granada da intitolare a Joe Strummer, che nella città spagnola arrivò nel 1984 e dove ben presto si trovò a collaborare con la band locale chiamata 091, tanto da produrne un disco (a Madrid) di lì a breve, quando la leggendaria fine dei Clash aveva praticamente ormai preso le sembianze reali (“The contrast between 091 and the Clash, who had triumphed on both sides of the Atlantic, seems to have been comforting. The Clash had been hugely successful. They had played the Shea Stadium in New York and before 200,000 people in California”). La portavoce María José Anguita dichiara: “A square has been identified and now the proposal has to be approved by the committee of honours and distinctions. There was a popular petition for this to happen and the city hall accepted it”. Nel frattempo proprio sulle avventure spagnole di Strummer sta lavorando il regista con base a Barcellona Nick Hall: It seems he was giving a lot more love and attention to the Granada band at the time than he was to the Clash. He even put his own money into it, paying for studio time. He was a bit jaded by the whole rock industry by then. He was refuelling and filling his spirit to some degree. And he was dealing with guys that he probably recognised from the early Clash days, struggling to exist on a small local circuit”. Strummer e la Spagna si erano “incontrati” nei giorni pre-Clash, infatti divideva lo squat di Londra con l’amica spagnola Paloma Romero, ovverosia la futura batterista delle Slits Palmolive, con loro anche la sorella della Romero Esperanza e Richard Dudanski, batterista della pub rock band di Strummer 101ers. “They would talk a lot about politics, the Franco dictatorship and [the poet and playwright Federico García] Lorca. That is the root of his interest”.