Joe Strummer Says the word “Skateboard”


It’s Joe Strummer hanging out in an unidentified West London skatepark (UPDATE: It’s Meanwhile Gardens) during an interview that took place some time between 1988 and 1991. Footage from the same interview also appears in the 2007 Joe Strummer documentary The Future is Unwritten, which I haven’t actually seen yet, but maybe it lists the source in the credits. This particular digitization is pretty rough. If anyone finds clearer footage and can identify the source please let me know.

Trailer for The Future is Unwritten


  1. it’s the old Meanwhile Gardens skatepark in Westbourne Park Lomdon. It’s been revamped now with a couple of bowls but still there.

  2. Yup Meanwhile in London. That quarter was a total beast.

    It also features in the fight scene in the last episode of Series 1 of ‘Tuckers Luck’ (the grange hill spin off) between Tucker and Passmore. Its on youtube.

  3. Prickly Pete on January 6, 2016 - Reply

    Meanwhile Gardens is the best name for a skatepark, or any other place for that matter.

  4. Anton du Fleur on February 4, 2016 - Reply

    I used to skate meanwhile, the southbank and skatecity back in the day . I was a skate Punk . nearly lost my front teeth at meanwhile. Is it still there?

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