sexta-feira, 16 de outubro de 2009

free the music

Topper Headon, Mick Jones and Billy Bragg in the studio where they recorded a song to promote Billy's Jail Guitar Doors initiative. 'Breaking Rocks', a documentary about the project, has its premiere in London on 1 October. See News and the Breaking Rocks website.

No final do ano passado comentei aqui sobre essa iniciativa para lá de de bem-vinda. Inspirada na música de mesmo nome dos Clash, Jail Guitar Doors é um projeto independente do nosso querido ídolo, muso, ativista político e músico Billy Bragg que promove a reabilitação de presos através da música, introduzindo violões nas prisões inglesas (customizadas segundo a ideologia e slogan dos Clash). A coisa vai tão bem e a resposta tem sido tão positiva, que agora virou documentário.
Não poderia ser diferente, vindo daquele que talvez seja o último ativista romântico sério em atividade, ainda fiel aos seus ideais, ainda fazendo boa música e dando o exemplo de forma discreta e eficiente. Confiram abaixo:
Legendary Clash members Mick Jones and Topper Headon were reunited in the studio for the first time in 27 years when they joined Billy for a recording to promote the Jail Guitar Doors campaign.

Started two years ago, the Jail Guitar Doors initiative helps to supply musical instruments to prison inmates, to aid with their rehabilitation, and has so far seen several ‘graduates’ of the scheme pursue careers as performers after their release from jail

Billy, Mick and Topper were backed by a band comprising former inmates Leon Walker, Jonny Neesom, Kevin Hawkins and Jon Smillie on a spirited re-recording of the 1978 Clash song Jail Guitar Doors, from which the campaign takes its name.

“The guys were telling us how much this scheme had helped them move on from their previous lives before prison,” said Clash guitarist Mick Jones, who in 2007 donated the money for the first ever JGD acoustic guitars to be delivered to a jail. “It was really touching to think we’ve helped, even if it’s in a small way.”

Drummer Nick ‘Topper’ Headon added: “To see it all come to fruition is absolutely beautiful. It was great to meet these guys. When I was in prison myself, many years ago, I was lucky enough to have access to a guitar, which belonged to the prison vicar! I know how much it helped me get through it.”

Billy, whose life was changed after seeing The Clash play live at Victoria Park in 1978, inspiring him to write about social and political issues, said: “Prison has to be about much more than just locking people up. We want people to be able to move on from their situation and reconnect with the outside world, and my hunch was that playing an instrument – particularly a guitar – could help that.”

The recording session was filmed for Alan Miles’ ‘Breaking Rocks’, a gritty and uplifting documentary about the Jail Guitar Doors initiative, which will be premiered as part of the Raindance film festival at Proud Gallery, Camden Town on 1 October.

The film will be followed by performances from Billy, Mick Jones, the MC5’s Wayne Kramer, Chris Shiflett of Foo Fighters, Get Cape Wear Cape Fly, Jail Guitar Doors graduates Leon Walker, Jonny Neesom, Louise Wells and Theone Coleman, plus Night of Treason.

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