"Punk Rock Warlord: Critical Perspectives on the Life and Work of Joe Strummer" (Proposals due by Dec. 1, 2009)

full name / name of organization: 
Brady Harrison/Department of English/University of Montana

A Call for Papers

"Punk Rock Warlord: Critical Perspectives on the Life and Work of Joe Strummer"

Although the life and music of punk icon Joe Strummer have been the subject of a number of recent biographies, documentaries, websites, and musical celebrations, Strummer's work with the Clash, the Mescaleros, and numerous side projects and films has not received its critical due. "Punk Rock Warlord" seeks to fill this sizeable critical gap.

The editors of this collection seek papers that address any (and more) of the following topics:

--Strummer and the Clash
--Strummer and the Mescaleros
--Strummer and the 101ers, the Latino Rockabilly War, the Pogues, and/or other side bands and projects
--Strummer & Jones/Strummer's work with Big Audio Dynamite
--Readings of individual albums
--Postcolonial Perspectives on Strummer's life and music
--Strummer and World Music
--Rethinking/new perspectives on Strummer and Punk/Strummer and Thatcherism
--Strummer and the radical squatters' movement
--Strummer and NYC/the Clash in NYC
--Strummer and the U.S.A.
--Strummer and Americana/Woody Guthrie
--Strummer and the post-punk music scene
--Strummer on the BBC/Strummer the DJ
--Strummer in the movies
--Strummer's soundtrack work
--Strummer and the "wilderness" years

The editors are open to a variety of critical perspectives and methodologies, and would particularly welcome contributions that offer fresh looks, reappraisals, and new insights into Strummer's work as a musician, frontman, and cultural icon/presence/force. Papers should be 20-25 pages and follow MLA format.

Proposals (approximately 250 words as Word or RTF attachments) or completed papers (also as attachments or hard copies) may be sent by December 1, 2009 to

Barry Faulk
English Department
Florida State University
405 Williams Building
Tallahassee, Florida

Brady Harrison
Department of English
University of Montana
Missoula, Montana 59812