Joe Strummer

Joe Strummer ( born August 21, 1952 in Ankara, Turkey, † December 22, 2002 in Somerset, England; actually John Graham Mellor ) was a British punk rock musician. He is best known as co-founder, lead singer and guitarist of the British punk band The Clash.


Joe Strummer was born as the son of a British diplomat. Even at boarding school he had promised a friend that he would one day be a pop star. When he had finished high school, he formed the pub rock band "The 101ers ", which he left after only one publication, to go to the punk band London SS, which from then on was called The Clash and gained fame as such. Strummer sang, wrote the lyrics and played his Fender Telecaster, which some significant punk tracks and with London Calling one of the most successful albums in music history spawned in combination with Mick Jones ' special guitar riffs. However, it always came back to differences among the band members and therefore to several changes in the cast. After the dissolution of The Clash Strummer published in 1989 his first solo album Earthquake Weather, later he was temporarily singer of the Pogues as a replacement for the retiring Shane MacGowan. In 1995 he accompanied the British Celtic folk - punks The Levellers on their UK Top 12 single "Just The One" on the piano. After a long, conditioned by disputes with the record company hiatus was published in 1999 his second solo album Rock Art And The X - Ray Style with his new band The Mescaleros, with the 2001 he published another album: (Global A-Go - Go). Played with Johnny Cash, and he sang the Bob Marley classic Redemption Song, which was released in 2003 on Cash's Unearthed box set.

Unexpectedly, Joe Strummer died on 22 December 2002 at his home from a congenital, in his lifetime undetected heart failure. He is survived by his wife Lucinda ( ' Luce ') Tait and his two biological daughters Jazz and Lola Mellor, come from the his 14-year relationship with Gaby Salter.

In October 2003, posthumously released his last album Street core.

Numerous bands devoted Joe Strummer songs or entire albums, including Beatsteaks, Rancid, GBH, Dropkick Murphys, The Gaslight Anthem and Attila the Stockbroker 's Barnstormer.

2006 turned the British director Julien Temple a documentary about Joe Strummer, entitled Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten, participated in the Bernie Rhodes, Mick Jones, Topper Headon, Bono, Jim Jarmusch, Johnny Depp, Matt Dillon and others.

The started in 2007 in the U.S. series John from Cincinnati used Strummer's song " Johnny Appleseed " as the theme song.

The 2011 released live album " Live on Ten Legs" by Pearl Jam contains as an opener to Strummer 's song " Arms Aloft " from the album " Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros - Street Core" ( 2003).

In London Paddington underpass is named after him.



  • Love Kills (1986 ) "Promo 12" MCA Records (MCA - 23655 ) from The " Sid & Nancy " Movie Soundtrack
  • Walker ( 1987)
  • Trash City ( 1988) " promo 12" Epic Records (EAS 01103 ) Version Of Trash City from the " Permanent Record " Movie Soundtrack
  • Earthquake Weather (1989 )

Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros as

  • Rock Art And The X - Ray Style (1999)
  • Global A Go- Go ( 2001)
  • Street Core ( 2003)



Strummer during a concert

Strummer's guitar in the Fender Guitar Factory Museum

Strummer 1984

Graffiti in New York

Graffiti in Wieden, Austria

Strummer during a concert

Strummer 1999

Strummer 2002