Joe Strummer Rocks Again!

This eight-minute mini-rockumentary features legendary Clash frontman Joe Strummer on his last tour.

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Independent Lens
Premiere Date
April 26, 2005
8 minutes

Dick Rude

Dick Rude was born and raised in Los Angeles. His film career began at the age of 15, when he attended the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute. As an actor, he has appeared in several films, including Sid and Nancy, The Wild Life, and Repo Man, in which he also participated as a contributing writer. He left UCLA film school to co-write and star in Straight to Hell, Show more which also featured Dennis Hopper, Courtney Love, and Elvis Costello. His writing credits also include a pilot for Sofia Coppola (Hi Octane) and an un-produced script commissioned by River Phoenix. As a director, Rude has done several music videos and music documentaries for the bands Blonde Redhead (Nothing Something) and the Red Hot Chili Peppers (Off the Map). He is currently preparing for his next film, which is co-written with his friend Alex Cox and executive produced by Jim Jarmusch. He is also in pre-production on Quit, a love story about quitting smoking. Show less

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The Film

King rocker and legendary frontman of The Clash, Joe Strummer was hot on the comeback trail, touring America and Japan before his untimely death in 2002. Derived from a longer work called Let’s Rock Again!, this eight-minute music documentary follows rock icon Strummer on his intercontinental tour — 11 years since he last hit the road — and features montage performances from The Clash, songs from Strummer’s later band The Mescaleros, and Strummer himself waxing philosophical on music and life. An intimate portrait, Joe Strummer Rocks Again! is a memoir piece produced by Strummer and his longtime friend Dick Rude.