Joe Strummer

Died aged 50

John Graham Mellor (21 August 1952 – 22 December 2002), known professionally as Joe Strummer, was a British singer, musician and songwriter. He was the co-founder, lyricist, rhythm guitarist and co-lead vocalist of punk rock band the Clash, formed in 1976. The Clash's second album Give 'Em Enough Rope (1978) reached No. 2 on the UK charts. Soon after, they achieved success in the US, starting with London Calling (1979) and peaking with Combat Rock (1982), which reached No. 7 on the US charts and was certified 2× platinum there. The Clash's explosive political lyrics, musical experimentation, and rebellious attitude had a far-reaching influence on rock music in general, especially alternative rock. Their music incorporated reggae, ska, dub, funk, rap and rockabilly. Strummer's other career highlights included stints with the 101ers, the Latino Rockabilly War, the Mescaleros, and the Pogues, as well as solo music. His work as a musician allowed him to explore other interests such as acting, scoring television shows and films and hosting the BBC Radio show London Calling. Strummer and the Clash were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in January 2003. In his remembrance, Strummer's friends and family established the Joe Strummer Foundation (initially known as Strummerville), a nonprofit organization which gives opportunities to musicians and support to projects around the world that create empowerment through music.

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Commemorated on 4 plaques

Joe Strummer lived here

12 Pentonville, Newport, Gwent, United Kingdom where they lived

In memory of the true roots of Joe Strummer 2.8.1952 - 2.12.2002

Walterton Rd, London, United Kingdom where they lived near

Joe Strummer 1952-2002 musician wordsmith lived here 1978-79

33 Daventry Street, London, United Kingdom where they lived (1978-1979)

Joe Strummer Clash played his first gig here October 1973

88 Stow Hill, Newport, Gwent, United Kingdom where they first performed live