September 10, 2016
Steve Sailer ponders Joe Strummer
Steve Sailer linked to his “Alt-Right as Punk Rock” Taki’s column over at UNZ, and hundreds of comments resulted.
He added a few himself:
It would be interesting to do a big statistical study of the background of rock stars. I suspect they tend to come from fairly high achieving if sometimes self-destructive backgrounds.
The most memorable background for a rock star is perhaps Clash frontman Joe Strummer’s, who pretended to be working class by never brushing his teeth.
But Strummer’s dad’s cover story was he was a British diplomat, but was actually MI6 — he was the code keeper at the British embassy who translated incoming and outgoing messages for the James Bonds. Joe’s dad was good friends with Soviet spy Kim Philby.
Joe was head boy or whatever it’s called at his boarding school in England.
The more I learn about Joe, the less I think about Joe’s ostensible leftism and the more the name “Rudyard Kipling” comes to mind. Joe’s dad was born in Lucknow, India, where Kipling’s protagonist Kim went to boarding school. (…)
I’d add that the early punks, especially The Clash, even though they were a famously leftist band, were also an implicit white identity movement.
I’ll leave the evidence for that for another day.
I actually don’t think Joe was “head boy” but OK.
Naturally, I had a few comments of my own...
Another commenter adds that someone beat Sailer to his alt-right/punk thesis, which he graciously acknowledges.
In fact, it is something Gavin McInnes had also been sort of talking about publicly, and some of us either on blogs or in private conversations.