Armagideon Time: The Rise And Fall Of The Clash

  • Tuesday / May 4, 2010
Rise And Fall Of The Clash

Armagideon Time: The Rise And Fall Of The Clash

A lotta people won’t get no supper tonight
A lotta people won’t get no justice tonight
The battle is getting harder
In this iration, Armagideon timeA lotta people running and hiding tonight-ah!
A lotta people won’t get no justice tonight
Remember to kick it over
No one will guide you – Armagideon timeW. Williams/J. Mitoo

It all started with an idea and an eMail.

A long while back I started posting my Clash photos from the various shows I had attended over the years 1980-1982. My photos of the Clash @ The Palladium NYC 1980, the Clash @ Bonds NYC 1981, and the Clash @ Asbury Park Convention Hall 1982. When I was taking photographs I was more a fan with a camera. I wasn’t officially there as a journalist, but I have always been a documenter. A photograph by nature is a documentation of an event in time. Being a college student back then, if I had the money to spend on film and developing, or at least for the film, I would certainly take my camera to every show I went to. “In those day” (god did I just say that?) anyone could bring a camera into a venue and take photographs. Not so much now unless you’re press, or are sporting a camera phone or small digital number. But back then it was all allowed. No problem. So I have lots of “documentation” of bands I saw through the years. The Clash being one of them.

On March 7, 2009 3:45:30 PM PST I got a very interesting eMail from a gentleman named Danny Garcia. Seems he saw my Clash photos on my blog and was creating a documentary about the Clash and asked if he could use some of my photos. I said okay! And that is how it came to pass that my Clash photos will be in an upcoming documentary film by Danny Garcia. As was said in other eMails between us, the working title, as numerous as they have been, always include “… The Rise and Fall of The Clash.” So even now … I’m not sure what the finished film title will be, but I have a feeling it will be amazing no matter what it’s called. How could it not be … my photos are in it! Yeah baby! I’m pumped!

Up until just a few weeks ago, I had to keep this under wraps. Danny really didn’t want any leaks about the film dashing about the Internet. But I finally got the “all clear” to write about the film. Um … what I know of it from my end. Which by the way, I still haven’t seen frame one of. Mind you though, I have received a cash wire transfer as payment for photo rights for my Clash photos. I will also be getting a link soon to see the finished trailer, which will include some of my photos, I hope. I guess I’ll have to wait for the “premier” to see the whole thing … and to meet Danny face to face. We’ve talked via Skype, eMail, and Facebook … but it will be nice to finally meet.

I’m still amazed that this is all happening. In the months to come as more information is made public, I’ll be able to let you all know more. But The Clash is out of the bag … and hopefully in a cinema near you …. and me! :)

The internet. It certainly makes the world a smaller place. All of this from a simple eMail. Cheers!

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Joe Streno

Joe Streno

artist . musician . photographer . retired apple computer consultant . residing on planet earth with his two cats rudie, & rocco & living to tell tales about it

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