Pair set for first studio session in 27 years
The Clash members Mick Jones and Topper Headon have entered the studio together for the first time in 27 years.
Jail Guitar Doors, the charity, was set up by Bragg in 2007, and aims to provide prisoners with musical instruments to aid their rehabilitation.
Speaking of the recording session, which was filmed for a forthcoming documentary, Jones explained that the former inmates – Leon Walker, Jonny Neesom, Kevin Hawkins and Jon Smillie – expressed their thanks for the charity.
“The guys were telling us how much this scheme had helped them move on from their previous lives before prison,” he explained. “It was really touching to think we’ve helped, even if it’s in a small way.”
Headon, who has previously served time in prison on drug supplying charges outlined how important music had been to him while inside.
“To see it all come to fruition is absolutely beautiful. It was great to meet these guys,” he said. “When I was in prison myself, many years ago, I was lucky enough to have access to a guitar, which belonged to the prison vicar! I know how much it helped me get through it.”
The recording session was filmed as part of Alan Miles’ ‘Breaking Rocks’ documentary about the Jail Guitar Doors initiative. The film is set to premiere as part of the Raindance film festival at Proud Gallery in Camden on October 1.
As well as the film screening, the night will see performances from Billy Bragg, Mick Jones, MC5 member Wayne Kramer, Foo Fighters‘ Chris Shiflett, Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly, Night Of Treason and Jail Guitar Doors graduates Leon Walker, Jonny Neesom, Louise Wells and Theone Coleman.