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Happy Posthumous Birthday


Joe Strummer of The Clash would have turned 58 today (born 21 August 1952). Strummer died suddenly on 22 December 2002 at his home at Broomfield in Somerset, after walking his dog. He was the victim of an undiagnosed congenital heart defect.

Born in Ankara, Turkey and the son of a diplomat, Strummer, whose real name was John Mellor, was middle class and public school educated but became a hugely admired figure as the musical voice of rebellion.

He was also a member of The 101ers, The Mescaleros and The Pogues.

WIKIPEDIA: Joe Strummer

Strummerville | The Joe Strummer Foundation for New Music

Website: The Clash Blog For Clash Fans -

P5 Archive: Joe Strummer & The Clash


Tim Merrick said...


Nice post - be grateful if you can add

Anonymous said...

He did a lot, an awful lot, for Bridgwater before his untimely death. The Engine Room, an arts cafe-performance-video venue was his inspiration.
After his death, the film of his life was world premièred in the town.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the reminder. Imagine the things he would have done had he lived! Incredibly influential in his time and even today. RIP Joe.

Anonymous said...

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Joe Nolan said...

Great reminder. I've been listening to/reading up on a lot of post punk and punk again recently. Just received an advance copy of what looks like a great book about London Calling. Just finished Simon Reynolds'Totally Wired: Postpunk Interviews and Overviews. It's a great book as well. One of the best I've read in terms of defining what punk really was and why it's offspring rebelled from it in the ways they did. For the interested, here's a review -

J.Mascarenhas said...

Yes, great reminder! I do love The Clash. They're appearing on my comic book "Punk Redux", along with other scene guys (and girls, like Soo Catwoman, Viv,...).
Some pictures in my blog:

All the best.

Tucan said...



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