As you know, this video was shot on November 18th and it is now edited, done and up for you to see! All you have to do is hit the link below to check it out!
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Also, below is a copy of the official press release we put together for this very special video shoot, so if you have yet to read it, here it is:
A video for JOE STRUMMER's posthumous release of the Marley classic "Redemption Song" taken from his final album -- STREETCORE -- was shot by director Josh Cheuse in NYC on Sunday at Jesse Malin's Avenue A bar Niagara. STREETCORE, which just came out October 23, has already been garnering accolades across the globe.
The video begins with classic scenes of the NY skyline -- the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building -- then blends into familiar street-level sights and sounds of the city. Speeding taxis and screeching fire trucks fly by as a crew of graffiti artists and painters descends upon a blank wall to begin working furiously on a mural. As the artists consult a sketchbook, the screen is filled with a montage of archival photos and live footage of JOE (including The Clash at Shea Stadium and on the roof of Bonds, and never-before-seen footage of JOE STRUMMER AND THE MESCALEROS at Brixton Academy). By this time New Yorkers of all ages and ethnicities are watching the artists and listening to the song. Some familiar faces from the crowd include JOE's friends such as Jim Jarmusch, Steve Buscemi, Matt Dillon, Jesse Malin, Cara Seymore (Adaptation, Gangs of New York), Cinque Lee (Spike's brother and co-star, along with STRUMMER and Buscemi, of the Jarmusch-helmed Mystery Train), plus all of Rancid -- Tim Armstrong, Matt Freeman, Brett Reed and Lars Fredriksen.
As more details come into focus on the mural, it becomes obvious it's of STRUMMER. The clip ends with passersby lighting candles and leaving tokens at the base of mural, which reads "Joe Strummer 1952-2002."
As for STREETCORE, the critics have been singing the praises of JOE's final album with his beloved MESCALEROS. In the New York Times, Ben Ratliff noted: "...here's an album that conveys who this guy was. He had a punk dimension, a Woody Guthrie dimension, a reggae dimension, and his lyrics found an Englishman's view of America somewhere between John Ford's and Allen Ginsberg's. It's Strummer's best album with his post-Clash group the Mescaleros, and maybe the best work he did since Sandinista! 23 years ago," while Lisa Robinson mused in Vanity Fair: "Streetcore, the final album recorded by the late Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros, is poignant, urgent, and wonderful." Elsewhere, Alternative Press concurred: "We're not sure what gets us more misty-eyed: Strummer's moving rendition of Bob Marley's 'Redemption Song,' or the eight originals on Streetcore that prove Strummer's best work wasn't all behind him," and in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Jonathan Takiff enthused: "Joe Strummer leaves us on a high note with the posthumous Streetcore, his third album with the Mescaleros and a set most evocative of his feisty work with the Clash."