Carl Hunter and Clare Heney, Senior Lecturers in Film and TV Production, have produced a film about The Rock’n’Roll Public Library, featuring The Clash guitarist Mick Jones.
The Rock’n’Roll Public Library serves as a testament to popular culture, showcasing 10,000 items of memorabilia from Mick Jones’ personal collection which he has accumulated over the past 40 years. His archive has been opened to the public in the hope of inspiring and educating music lovers from around the world.
The Library, which is based in London, is lined with posters and photographs, and visitors can expect to see a range of unusual artefacts from handwritten lyric sheets and backstage passes, to the more peculiar pizza boxes from The Clash tours and flight cases.
During the film which was shot over a two day period, legendary musician Mick Jones introduces viewers to The Rock’n’Roll Public Library during its first international exhibition in Venice, where it was open to the public for sixth months during the 56th Venice Biennale.
Carl, Media Lecturer and bassist in Liverpool band The Farm said:
“My friendship with Mick Jones goes back a long way and was cemented when The Farm, Mick and Pete Wylie formed the Justice Tonight Band in aid of the Hillsborough Justice Campaign, and we toured Britain and Europe with The stone Roses.
“Mick asked if Clare and I would make a short film about his exhibition at the Venice Biennale. We didn’t want to make a film about Mick from the Clash, we wanted to make a film about Mick Jones himself, and this film allows Mick to be frank, honest and funny. He’s a very intelligent, generous and kind man and we wanted to portray this. The film examines reflection, history myths and memory.
“We shot most of the film at the exhibition, but we also got the opportunity to shoot some footage around Venice. At the opening he invited Liverpool band Sugarmen over to play and he got on stage and played two Clash songs with them.
“Sometimes you land a good gig, who wouldn’t want to make a film with Mick Jones, in Venice?”
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