Don Letts on Joe Strummer

A unexpected but exciting event unrolled on what I expected to be a normal Tuesday. Instead of working in my halls watching the light fade, I would instead be in a private pod of the London eye with Don Letts talking about The Clash and his friend Joe Strummer. I have been a fan of Don for a long time, and am a prime listener to his BBC6 music radio show, and need I say more about being a fan of The Clash. I was like a little puppy on its first walk, never have I been on the London eye anyway, and now to be on it with such a genius was a pinch me moment. Being fast tracked onto the London eye with a small group of people in tow (including people from Glamour magazine and London on the inside) we enjoyed the views and sipped champagne basking in the setting sun, we all settled and listened to the great man read from prompt sheets. He began with a back story to his life, where Joe grew up, played his first show, his brother and supporting the Sex Pistols.  Hearing first hand stories was a wonderful moment, the way he told the tales gave you a sense of how proud he was to be a part of his friends legacy, and what a amazing life he has had...and continues to have. He was a joker who made everyone feel comfortable, walking around the pod and calling people Sista and mother fucker. There was no talker and audience vibe, we were all equal. He said incredible one liners such as 'Technology is good, people are shit' 'Anything is nothing' 'the truth is how radical can you be'. He spoke the truth and expressed views which to me seem to be a minority, but are exactly how things are happening. He then went on to what music he likes these days, after recently completing a video for Palma Violets, and his summer tune is Jamie xx's I know there is gunna be good times, Django Django and Unknown Mortal Orchestra also rank highly with him.  I feel extremely privileged to have this opportunity and wonderful evening, I felt very important and gave me a drive to do well in a career, I hope there will be nights like this around the corner.