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  Joe Strummer | Legacy Recordings
Strummer expanded punk's musical palette with his fondness for reggae and early rock & roll, and his signature bellow lent an impassioned urgency to the political sloganeering that filled some of his best songs.
Joe Strummer was born John Graham Mellor on August 21, 1952, when his father, a diplomat, was stationed in Ankara, Turkey.
Strummer promptly quit pub rock to join the fledgling punk movement, and co-founded the Clash in 1976; the rest was history.
www.legacyrecordings.com /Joe-Strummer.aspx   (530 words)

  Joe Strummer - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Joe Strummer was born as John Mellor in Ankara, Turkey on August 21, 1952.
Joe Strummer with the 101'ers and the Clash, 1974-1976, 1992.
Joe Strummer with the Clash and the 101'ers, 1974-1976
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Joe_Strummer   (2431 words)

 Joe Strummer
As the front-man for the Clash, Joe Strummer helped to launch the British punk rock revolution in the late '70s, and his passionate and fiery performances made his band one of the most powerful and influential rock groups of their time.
Strummer was born John Mellor in 1952, the son of a British diplomat stationed in Turkey.
Strummer wrote two songs for Alex Cox's film Sid and Nancy, about Strummer's one time tour-mate and punk casualty Sid Vicious; Strummer and Cox struck up a friendship, and Strummer acted in Cox's next two films, Straight to Hell and Walker, with Strummer also composing the score for the latter.
www.djangomusic.com /actor_bio.asp?pid=P113096   (579 words)

 Guardian Unlimited | Obituaries | Joe Strummer
It was the singer Joe Strummer's ranting, demented performances with the Clash in the mid-1970s that made him punk's most passionate and convincing frontman.
Strummer, who has died of an apparent heart attack aged 50, relished bruising physical contact with his audience, while his lyrics articulated a shared sense of confusion, frustration and thwarted ambition.
Strummer himself was born John Mellor, in the Turkish capital Ankara, the son of Ronald Mellor, a second secretary in the British diplomatic service.
www.guardian.co.uk /obituaries/story/0,3604,864992,00.html   (1180 words)

 ANTI- Artist - Joe Strummer And The Mescaleros
The death of Joe Strummer, at the age of fifty, on December 22 last year came as a deep shock.
However the colossal response of the media to Joe’s passing was a tribute to his enduring status as a musical archetype and legend.
After considerable time in the wilderness, Joe Strummer seemed to have reinvented himself as a kind of elder statesman of British rock’n’roll, a much-loved artist and everyman figure.
www.anti.com /artist.php?id=21   (680 words)

 Bob Gruen, Rock and Roll Photographer - Joe Strummer & Meskelaros in New York
Michael Joo shares a drink with Joe and introduces his wife, Niki Warin, who is expecting their baby to arrive very soon, but not until at least after the show.
Joe met Chris several years ago when Chris was the pipe player in the band Black 47.
Strummer Hoffston gave her drivers license to Joe to prove she was named "Strummer" after him.
www.bobgruen.com /potda/0402/JoeStrummer/JoeStrummer.html   (613 words)

 He fought the law (and the law won) - Salon
Which is something Strummer and his old band knew a thing or two about: "We were all waiting for a group to come along who at least went through the motions of GIVING A DAMN about SOMETHING," the critic Lester Bangs wrote 25 years ago.
In fact, during their heyday in the late '70s and early '80s, the Clash was often billed as "the only band that matters." Strummer, born John Mellor, the son of a British foreign service clerk, was the heart, conscience and primary lyricist for the Clash.
Strummer's agitprop was delivered in an urgent street patois that found endless fodder in the domestic and foreign policies of conservative ideologues like Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan, though hypocrites and despots of all stripes were fair game.
dir.salon.com /story/ent/music/feature/2003/01/03/strummer/index.html   (1160 words)

 BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Music | Clash star Strummer dies
Joe Strummer, the leader of legendary Seventies punk band The Clash, has died of a suspected heart attack aged 50.
Strummer had long resisted reforming the band, and was said to be annoyed that the defunct group's songs overshadowed his work with new band The Mescaleros, which had more of a world music slant.
Strummer's family have asked that instead of floral tributes, money is paid to the Mandela SOS fundraising concert, which is aimed at raising awareness of the Aids epidemic in Africa.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/entertainment/music/2600669.stm   (674 words)

 Joe Strummer   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Joe Strummer, the de-facto leader of the group, died on January 10, his heart giving out at the rock-star-appropriate early age of 50.
Strummer also recently taped a pilot for MTV called “Global Boombox With Joe Strummer”, intended to showcase world music acts.
Strummer never wanted to be a “star”, and he passed this reviewer’s primary test for the good-guy rock musician — after the Mescalero’s last NYC gig a few months ago, he hung out for a long while afterwards talking with fans.
www.goodbyemag.com /oct02/strummer.html   (789 words)

 Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten (2007)
Joe Strummer was born as John Mellor in Ankara, Turkey on August 21, 1952.
At the age of 9, Strummer and his older brother David, 10, began boarding at the City of London Freemen's School in Surrey.
Strummer was never very close to his brother David, but nonetheless David's suicide significantly changed Joe's outlook on life.
www.imdb.com /title/tt0800099   (434 words)

 "Joe Strummer of the Clash, RIP" by Steve Sailer and Matthew Sailer for UPI, 2003
Joe Strummer, the lead singer and chief lyricist for The Clash, who died on Sunday at age 50 in his rural home in the West of England, was a man of passion, paradoxes, and poses.
Strummer was almost unique among top rock lyricists in his boyish disdain for love songs, which he treated as if they came infested with girl cooties.
Strummer was fascinated with subjects that engage highly intelligent twelve year old boys: fighting injustice and tyranny ("Clampdown"), military history ("Spanish Bombs"), the end of the world ("London Calling"), and heroism ("Death or Glory," perhaps the essential Clash song).
www.isteve.com /Music_Joe_Strummer.htm   (965 words)

 CNN.com - Clash star Joe Strummer dies - Dec. 23, 2002
Joe Strummer, lead singer for seminal British punk band the Clash, has died at the age of 50.
Strummer, who was the band's guitarist, vocalist and songwriter alongside Mick Jones, died on Sunday at his farmhouse in Somerset, southwestern England.
Strummer, born John Mellor in Ankara, Turkey, and the Clash burst onto the British punk scene in the late 1970s on the heels of fellow countrymen and punk rockers The Sex Pistols and are considered by many to be the definitive British punk band.
archives.cnn.com /2002/SHOWBIZ/Music/12/23/britain.strummer   (494 words)

 The Scotsman - Joe Strummer dies of heart attack   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Strummer, who was born in Ankara, Turkey, died on Sunday of a suspected heart attack at his home in Somerset.
Joe was sitting in a chair in the kitchen and he was unconscious.
While it was inevitable that Strummer’s post-Clash career would not burn as brightly as the incendiary years he spent fronting the group, there were signs recently that he was now utterly content with his status as one of the doyens of British music.
thescotsman.scotsman.com /index.cfm?id=1429432002   (1524 words)

 Joe Strummer, Terrorist?
Written in 1979 by the late Joe Strummer, it describes the looming threat of nuclear catastrophe, environmental disaster, starvation and war.
Strummer understood the struggle to be heard over the politically hostile din emanating from a society that wraps itself in the flag of morality and virtue.
While Strummer did not suffer any serious political reprisals for his art, he certainly is in the category of artists who dangled on the edge of creating work whose themes were unpopular sociopolitical issues of the day.
www.thenation.com /doc/20060508/dambrosio   (1104 words)

 Joe Strummer
Joe was the spokesman for the punk generation — an articulate, brilliant, radical, intellectual rebel and songwriter — and a really nice guy too, who always had time for his fans.
Joe's two recent solo albums were the work of an exceptional, thoughtful, and eclectic artist at the height of his powers.
Joe gave style, commitment, and direction to the punk revolution, and was one of the very few punk-era artists who kept on making consistently important and enjoyable music in the decades that followed.
www.notkin.net /unclejoe.htm   (434 words)

 CNN.com - Clash star Joe Strummer dies - Dec. 29, 2002
Joe Strummer, the lead singer for the landmark British punk band The Clash, has died at the age of 50.
Strummer, who was the band's guitarist, vocalist, songwriter and sometime frontman alongside Mick Jones, died on Sunday at his farmhouse in Somerset, southwestern England.
Strummer had a rather privileged background at odds with the DIY ethos of punk.
archives.cnn.com /2002/SHOWBIZ/Music/12/23/obit.strummer   (961 words)

 Epitaph Records: Joe Strummer And The Mescaleros
The death of Joe Strummer, at the age of fifty, on December 22, 2002 came as a deep shock.
However the colossal response of the media to Joe's passing was a tribute to his enduring status as a musical archetype and legend.
Joe was once again touring, incessantly and on a worldwide basis, playing to sold-out audiences.
www.epitaph.com /artists/artist/39   (803 words)

 Guardian Unlimited Arts | Arts news | Punk legend Joe Strummer dies
Born in Ankara, Turkey and the son of a diplomat, Strummer, whose real name was Mellor, was middle class and public school educated but became a hugely admired figure as the musical voice of rebellion.
Strummer -singer, guitarist and songwriter - was the creative force behind the Clash, along with Mick Jones.
Strummer and Jones began writing two-minute, three-chord punk anthems such as White Riot, but eventually diversified into reggae, funk, blues and rap.
arts.guardian.co.uk /news/story/0,11711,864833,00.html   (843 words)

 trakMARX - Joe Strummer - 1952-2002
Joe Strummer was born in Ankara, Turkey, in 1952 and christened John Graham Mellor.
Strummer was by now holed up in his studio “spliff-bunker” scribbling away to his heart’s content while Mick held the reigns firmly in his talented fingers.
Strummer bought a large Notting Hill house to remind him of his squatting days and all the promises of a better tomorrow began to wilt under the pressure of compromise.
trakmarx.com /2003_01/09.htm   (2158 words)

 Amazon.co.uk: Global a Go-Go: Music: Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Strummer may pride himself as an original punk warlord, but he realises punk can only thrive by rejoicing in Britain's ever-vibrant multicultural melting pot as he does on "Bhindi Bagee" and the Arabic inflected refugee requiem "Shaktar Donetsk".
Strummer's music today is more relevant to these pages than ever: not only reflecting current English urban culture and global concerns, but evolving a band sound that has world-augmented its conventional rock instruments with fiddles, hammer dulcimer, accordeon, all sorts of percussion, horns and much more.
This is Joe Strummer's at his happiest, for once the joy of life far outweighs any bitterness or political sniping.
www.amazon.co.uk /Global-Go-Go-Joe-Strummer-Mescaleros/dp/B00005KK9T   (1925 words)

 BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Music | 'When I met Joe Strummer'
When I met Joe Strummer in the summer of 2001, to say he was energetic was putting it mildly.
Strummer's politics may have been painted as sloganeering sometimes, but it did not seem like it close up.
Years later, Strummer told me, he found the Stasi had covertly studied their music and lyrics and deemed them too inflammatory.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/entertainment/music/2601903.stm   (505 words)

 BBC - South East Wales Music - Joe Strummer in Newport - the early career of the punk legend and leader of The Clash
Much has been written about Joe Strummer and although those devotees know he spent some time in Newport, I don't think people realise just how important his stay in the city was.
Joe Strummer was real gent, down to earth, a leftie and a blinding song writer.
The biggest regret of my life is seeing Joe Strummer on the London Paddington to Cardiff train a month before he died and not speaking to him.
www.bbc.co.uk /wales/southeast/sites/music/pages/joestrummer.shtml   (1124 words)

 The Biography Channel - Joe Strummer Biography
Strummer went on to contribute two songs to the soundtrack of ‘Sid and Nancy’ and popped up in the films ‘Walker’ and ‘Straight to Hell’.
Strummer went on to release a further two solo albums in the late 1990s and it was while recording his fourth album that he suffered a heart attack and died, aged 50.
Joe once stood in for Shane MacGowan in the Pogues.
www.thebiographychannel.co.uk /biography_home/1285:0/Joe_Strummer.htm   (333 words)

 Bob Gruen, Rock and Roll Photographer - Joe Strummer 1952-2002
The last time I saw Joe was in New York in early November, 2002, where he'd come to tape a segment for VH1.
While Joe was in New York in November, I introduced him to Ryan Adams, and we had a drink with Ryan and Jesse Malin at the Cedar Bar.
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 and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Dinner coming up in March.
www.bobgruen.com /potda/1202/strummer.html   (340 words)

 Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros: Streetcore (2003): Reviews
Strummer's best solo effort and one of the best rock records of the year.
Streetcore is an amalgam of all that made Joe Strummer, the musician and the man, so great.
i was mostly a fan of joe strummer's early work in the awesome punk band The Clash, but this album rocks anyway with phenominal musicianship on strummer's part all around.
www.metacritic.com /music/artists/strummerjoeandthemescaleros/streetcore   (753 words)

 NME.COM - News - JOE STRUMMER DEAD   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Find out more about Joe Strummer in the pages of NME Magazine, delivered straight to your door every week.
His most recent band is Joe Strummer and the Mesceleros.
Strummer also flirted with a brief film career appearing in Jim Jarmusch's 'Mystery Train' and Alex Cox's 'Straight To Hell'.
www.nme.com /news/103809.htm   (331 words)

 GABI's MUSIC CLUB - In Memoriam of Joe Strummer
Joe said ''Bands must be contributing to global warming by their buses, equipment trucks and the diesel used to power the stages.
Joe Strummer is survived by his widow Lucinda, stepdaughter Elize, 10, and his daughters Jazz Domino Holly, 18, and Lola Maybelline, 16, from a previous relationship with Gaby Salter (which ended in 1992).
Joe Strummer, with The Clash and The Mescaleros, played countless benefit gigs for worthy causes, charged ridiculously low prices for his recordings and shows and he never lost his wide-eyed enthusiasm for the world at large.
www.drfeelgood.de /music/joe_strummer.htm   (11985 words)

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