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  posted on 12/22/2008 at 11:06 AM

Born : John Graham Mellor

While spending most of his youth in boarding schools, this son of a British diplomat, became exposed to rock, reggae and R &B. He dropped out of school and began playing guitar in London's Underground, earning the name, "Joe Strummer". His first band, The 101ers, was short lived and he formed The Clash in 1976. While The Clash had limited American success and a mere 6 albums under their belt, they are known as "the only band that ever mattered." 1980's "London Calling" is heavily regarded as one of the most important pieces of rock music ever recorded. They altered the face of punk music by fusing world beats with political issue. The Clash were champions of left wing causes. A voice was given to those who had none. The Clash were offered large sums of money in their career but never accepted it. Joe Strummer continued to record, act, and produced after the breakup of The Clash in 1986. While his 1989 solo album "Earthquake Weather" fared well, Joe primarily worked on soundtracks and had a brief stint with The Pogues. He founded the Mescaleros in the late 1990s and they recorded two albums "Rock Art and the X Ray Style" and "Global A Go-Go." Joe wore his politics on his sleeve and used his music to support those who needed him. The Clash are set to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March 2003. At the time of his death, Joe was working with U2's Bono on a tribute to Nelson Mandella and another album with the Mescaleros. Bono is quoted as saying that "The Clash wrote the rule book." Joe Strummer died of a heart attack at his farmhouse home.

All Photos from Bob Gruen.com


Clash at the ICA London 1976


Joe 1977


The Clash 1979


Andy Warhol & Joe '79


David Johansen & Debbie Harry '79


Joe on top of New York City, June 1981.


Allen Ginsberg & Joe '82


Joe '86


Josh Cheuse, Joe & Matt Dillon. '91


'94


94


'99


'99


2001


September 2001, Joe and Mick Jones came to the opening party for my book and photo exhibition of the Clash.


Joe played with his group the Mescaleros for the last several years, and was more interested in the new album he was working on this month than the recent talk of a possible Clash reunion at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Dinner coming up in March.


The last time I saw Joe we went to eat at Clay, a great restaurant run by Edward Lee who cooks very tasty Asian delights and serves something called a 'Lychee Martini'. After a few of them Joe led a dance on the tables, above, with Chris LaSalle of Hellcat records, Linda Rowe, Edward, Jennifer Senger, my wife Elizabeth and Amy Wilder. - Bob Gruen


Cologne, Germany (1999).

Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros - "Straight To Hell" (1)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=egnuKspNBAU&feature=channel_page

Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros - "Tony Adams" (2)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yv0Y4na9uLo&feature=channel_page

Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros - "London Calling" (3)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdwTzajWAqw&feature=channel_page

Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros: "X-Ray Style" (4)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AE0E2v6fCKA&feature=channel_page

Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros - "Rock The Casbah" (5)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GqdPc2n9UX4&feature=channel_page

Joe Strummer - "White Man in Hammersmith Palais" (6)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISPYvESN7nc&feature=channel_page

Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros - "Yalla Yalla" (7)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9quBP0ZQZM&feature=channel_page

Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros - "Brand New Cadillac" (8)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ySCwLGoqTs&feature=channel_page

Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros - "I Fought The Law" (9)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSCkAfW1Gaw&feature=channel_page

Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros - "Tommy Gun" (10)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JVXFKOyC8jE&feature=channel_page

Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros - "Bankrobber" (11)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMH9H6h5fYQ&feature=channel_page

JOE STRUMMER & MICK JONES LIVE 2002
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hu-02udB57w

The Pogues and Joe Strummer - "London Calling"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IL9hDmoxkiA

The Clash - "Magnificent Seven" - Tom Synder Show 1981
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijiazWlawUY

The Clash "Should I Stay or Should I Go?"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=trolcS3V7dY

The Clash "This is Radio Clash"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-t52zc8Ex4

The Clash - "Rock The Casbah"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OAkfHShATKY&feature=related

The Clash - "Brand New Cadillac"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWznVLR7sig

The Clash - "Straight To Hell"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDlwue0F9HY

The Clash "BankRobber
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7t_JLkZ5AVE

Rattlesnake & Spider Stacy getting killed - from the movie "Straight to Hell"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNg2ODaLiN8


A Tribute to Joe Strummer
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imK2fs_lgKY


Rest in Peace Joe, you left us way to soon......

 

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  posted on 12/22/2008 at 11:18 AM
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  posted on 12/22/2008 at 11:27 AM
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Many thanks Kenny. Next to Garcia's, Joe's untimely death hit me the hardest. I can't wait to watch the vids over Christmas when I get bored w/ the relations! Joe rules!



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  posted on 12/22/2008 at 12:22 PM
Although I like Joe's vocals, I've always preferred Mick Jones' singing. Mick, in my opinion had a better voice (Train in Vain; Should I Stay or Should I Go)

 

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  posted on 12/22/2008 at 12:59 PM
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Many thanks Kenny. Next to Garcia's, Joe's untimely death hit me the hardest. I can't wait to watch the vids over Christmas when I get bored w/ the relations! Joe rules!


After John Lennon, Joe's death hit me the hardest.....

RIP Joe Strummer....

 
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  posted on 12/22/2008 at 02:41 PM
I figured I would find a post on Strummer,by Kenny,and after reading "I try to keep the music alive"!
You ARE the man Kenny.
I was turned on to the Clash late in life (in my early 40's) by my older brother.I was aware of them of course,but just wasn't in to the music at that time. My brother tried for a long time to get me to listen to them,then finally succeded.I still thank him to this day.
Ride in peace Joe Strummer.

 

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  posted on 12/22/2008 at 02:46 PM
Joe Strummer is one of rocks greatest his solo work is solid his work with the Clash is great may he RIP

 

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  posted on 12/22/2008 at 05:02 PM
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quote:

Born : John Graham Mellor

While spending most of his youth in boarding schools, this son of a British diplomat, became exposed to rock, reggae and R &B. He dropped out of school and began playing guitar in London's Underground, earning the name, "Joe Strummer". His first band, The 101ers, was short lived and he formed The Clash in 1976. While The Clash had limited American success and a mere 6 albums under their belt, they are known as "the only band that ever mattered." 1980's "London Calling" is heavily regarded as one of the most important pieces of rock music ever recorded. They altered the face of punk music by fusing world beats with political issue. The Clash were champions of left wing causes. A voice was given to those who had none. The Clash were offered large sums of money in their career but never accepted it. Joe Strummer continued to record, act, and produced after the breakup of The Clash in 1986. While his 1989 solo album "Earthquake Weather" fared well, Joe primarily worked on soundtracks and had a brief stint with The Pogues. He founded the Mescaleros in the late 1990s and they recorded two albums "Rock Art and the X Ray Style" and "Global A Go-Go." Joe wore his politics on his sleeve and used his music to support those who needed him. The Clash are set to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March 2003. At the time of his death, Joe was working with U2's Bono on a tribute to Nelson Mandella and another album with the Mescaleros. Bono is quoted as saying that "The Clash wrote the rule book." Joe Strummer died of a heart attack at his farmhouse home.

All Photos from Bob Gruen.com


Clash at the ICA London 1976


Joe 1977


The Clash 1979


Andy Warhol & Joe '79


David Johansen & Debbie Harry '79


Joe on top of New York City, June 1981.


Allen Ginsberg & Joe '82


Joe '86


Josh Cheuse, Joe & Matt Dillon. '91


'94


94


'99


'99


2001


September 2001, Joe and Mick Jones came to the opening party for my book and photo exhibition of the Clash.


Joe played with his group the Mescaleros for the last several years, and was more interested in the new album he was working on this month than the recent talk of a possible Clash reunion at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Dinner coming up in March.


The last time I saw Joe we went to eat at Clay, a great restaurant run by Edward Lee who cooks very tasty Asian delights and serves something called a 'Lychee Martini'. After a few of them Joe led a dance on the tables, above, with Chris LaSalle of Hellcat records, Linda Rowe, Edward, Jennifer Senger, my wife Elizabeth and Amy Wilder. - Bob Gruen


Cologne, Germany (1999).

Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros - "Straight To Hell" (1)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=egnuKspNBAU&feature=channel_page

Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros - "Tony Adams" (2)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yv0Y4na9uLo&feature=channel_page

Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros - "London Calling" (3)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdwTzajWAqw&feature=channel_page

Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros: "X-Ray Style" (4)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AE0E2v6fCKA&feature=channel_page

Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros - "Rock The Casbah" (5)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GqdPc2n9UX4&feature=channel_page

Joe Strummer - "White Man in Hammersmith Palais" (6)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISPYvESN7nc&feature=channel_page

Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros - "Yalla Yalla" (7)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9quBP0ZQZM&feature=channel_page

Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros - "Brand New Cadillac" (8)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ySCwLGoqTs&feature=channel_page

Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros - "I Fought The Law" (9)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSCkAfW1Gaw&feature=channel_page

Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros - "Tommy Gun" (10)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JVXFKOyC8jE&feature=channel_page

Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros - "Bankrobber" (11)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMH9H6h5fYQ&feature=channel_page

JOE STRUMMER & MICK JONES LIVE 2002
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hu-02udB57w

The Pogues and Joe Strummer - "London Calling"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IL9hDmoxkiA

The Clash - "Magnificent Seven" - Tom Synder Show 1981
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijiazWlawUY

The Clash "Should I Stay or Should I Go?"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=trolcS3V7dY

The Clash "This is Radio Clash"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-t52zc8Ex4

The Clash - "Rock The Casbah"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OAkfHShATKY&feature=related

The Clash - "Brand New Cadillac"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWznVLR7sig

The Clash - "Straight To Hell"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDlwue0F9HY

The Clash "BankRobber
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7t_JLkZ5AVE

Rattlesnake & Spider Stacy getting killed - from the movie "Straight to Hell"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNg2ODaLiN8


A Tribute to Joe Strummer
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imK2fs_lgKY


Rest in Peace Joe, you left us way to soon......




Great post thanks
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  posted on 12/22/2008 at 05:54 PM
I think I will give " Streetcore " a spin , love that album .

 

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  posted on 12/22/2008 at 11:51 PM
Joe Strummer's entire "London Calling" radio show series is available from iTunes for free. I downloaded 'em all, burned 'em onto CDs, and listen to them in my truck all the time.

Just go to the iTunes Store, click on the Power Search, set the Power Search for Podcasts, type in Joe Strummer London Calling, and there you go.

The first half hour is a bit of a history of Joe, the Clash, and his BBC radio show. There are 8 episodes to download, each containing two of Joe's BBC radio shows (except for that first half hour bit). If you're a fan of Joe's and never heard these 15 shows he did for the BBC World Service, do yourself a favor and download 'em.

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  posted on 12/21/2009 at 11:04 PM
7 years gone.




 

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  posted on 12/22/2009 at 07:31 AM
Great shot:




Rest In Peace, Joe

 

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  posted on 12/22/2009 at 09:02 AM
To Kenny, the KING of "anything goes" tributes: This is the kind of stuff I was missing when I posted a thread here a few weeks ago wondering where you were. Dude, don't you EVER think there aren't a ton of us here who just lap this stuff up!! Thank you for paying proper tribute to one of the true rock greats. I (very unfortunately) never saw The Clash but I did catch Joe Strummer and The Mescaleros only about a year before he died.

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  posted on 12/22/2009 at 09:12 AM
The Clash were one of the best of the late 70s and early 80s. Will have to bust some out today

 

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  posted on 12/22/2009 at 10:03 AM
Hey Kenny. Thank you once again, for another great tribute..

There was a time for me in college when the Clash, R.E.M., and Husker Du were "the only bands that mattered".

Of course, when you are a true music fan, that list gets revised often...

But one listen to London Calling will let you know that this band was special.

RIP Joe Strummer

 

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  posted on 12/22/2009 at 06:02 PM
R.I.P. Joe...........

 

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  posted on 12/22/2009 at 06:30 PM
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R.I.P. Joe...........


Hey Kenny, thanks again. Some info I hope you will find useful:



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  posted on 12/22/2009 at 07:19 PM
Kenny Rules!!

 

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  posted on 12/22/2009 at 07:27 PM
The recently updated Joe Strummer mural in the Lower East Side NYC.

http://evgrieve.com/2009/02/joe-strummer-gets-new-look-skyline.html

Watch the video too, very cool.

[Edited on 12/23/2009 by MoreCowbell]

 

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  posted on 12/22/2009 at 09:57 PM
^That is great, thanks. Found a really good Magnificent Seven. The Clash were said to have picked up on the beginnings of the NYC rap scene and this is a good example:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vpJuE9-nZMQ&feature=related

 

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  posted on 12/23/2009 at 10:07 AM
Thanks, Kenny! Really, really miss The Clash. Great stuff. Magnificent Seven and Guns of Brixton would be two of my 'desert island discs' for sure.

...and as if right on queue, I picked up my mp3 player this morning on the way to the bus, and the first song that came up was 'Charlie Don't Surf' off of the Sandanista! album.

Well done, as always sir. RIP Joe.

 

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  posted on 12/23/2009 at 10:16 AM
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  posted on 12/23/2009 at 01:24 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DiSQIbNxjcU&feature=related

 

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