Birth of a Rockstar: Joe Strummer
In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine in 1999, Joe Strummer revealed to the world:
“My motto is: “What’s the hurry?” I’m trying to get it across to the modern world that we need to sit around and think a little bit more.”
This just doesn’t seem like an apt description of the Clash’s front man and hero to all and sundry including Springsteen, Costello, Geldof, Bono and a generation of disenfranchised teenagers in the 1970’s, from Westbourne Grove to the West Coast USA.
Born John Graham Mellor on 21st of August 1952, Strummer was a co-founder, along with Mick Jones of The Clash, arguably one of the most influential bands of any generation.
With an unrivaled catalogue in terms of diversity, The Clash incorporated punk, funk, ska, reggae rap and a bit of rockabilly challenging the conventions of music as well as domestic and foreign politics, and echoing the battle cry of his hero Woody Guthrie, his machine also gave fascists a hard time. .
He was the son of a British Diplomat but his anti-establishment sentiment was evident across much of his work, cover versions and all:
– I Fought The Law
– Guns of Brixton
– Should I Stay or Should I Go
– Revolution Rock
– (White man) In the Hammersmith Palais
– London Calling
Strummer died in 2002.