The Future Is Unwritten (Soundtrack)
by Various Artists
Released: May 2007
Label: Legacy Recordings
This soundtrack to Julien Temple's documentary about Clash frontman Joe Strummer mixes cuts from Saint Joe's various outfits with songs and commentary he played when he had his own BBC radio program. In an odd twist, hearing him wax rhapsodic about influences such as Tim Hardin, U-Roy and Nina Simone turns out to be more revelatory than the hard-to-find Strummer rarities fanboys will likely play first. Which doesn't mean hearing the vocals-only beginning from an early "White Riot" demo isn't thrilling, just that learning what music got him so excited in the first place feels even bigger.