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Joe Strummer

Biography

We are honoured and privileged to be the publishers for the solo catalogue of Joe Strummer
For many people the legacy of Joe Strummer doesn’t need to be written to remember the manner in which he touched hearts and minds and he is one of those small handful of artists for whom people can say ‘he changed my life’. So for those, no need to read on, but if you just remember Joe as the front-man to The Clash and never delved into his body of solo work, then hopefully the small retrospective will enlighten and entertain.

From his first solo foray with LA based musicians playing under the guise of the Latino Rockabilly War on the album ‘Earthquake Weather’, to Joe’s more expansive musical palette which served up a global jukebox with his band the Mescaleros, incorporating the multi-cultural sights, sounds and smells of his beloved London town. A new century brought with it the sound of ‘Global A Go Go’ where Joe’s own inspiration drawn from Woody Guthrie came to bear on the sublime “Johnny Appleseed”, and it this lineage via Johnny Cash (with whom Joe later recorded) that Joe’s stature as a solo artist will surely be recognised and revered in the fullness of time, as a great teacher, with the power to turn humanity and poetry into song.

The final Mescaleros album ‘Street Core’, released after Joe’s death paid fitting tribute to his musical legacy embracing all the elements that had come to pass throughout his long and distinguished career, chimes of the 101ers could be found on the top 40 single “Coma Girl” (later performed in tribute by Bruce Springsteen at his legendary 2009 Glastonbury performance), whilst “Long Shadow” provided as fine a musical epitaph as any artist could hope for.

Joe also carved out a parallel career as a much sought after film composer, providing both musical scores and specially written songs, which provided some of his finest solo moments – “Love Kills” (from ‘Sid & Nancy’), “Trash City” (from ‘Permanent Record’) and the Pogues-backed “Afro Cuban Be Bop” (from ‘I Hired A Contract Killer’), whilst he even turned up on South Park’s Chef Aid with the infectious “It’s A Rockin’ World”,

Outside of performing music Joe came to epitomize the spirit of Glastonbury with his legendary “Strummercamp”, and Joe also got to show his love for music of all genres and origins via his own BBC World Service radio show, which was later replicated for the MTV2 show ‘Joes Strummer’s Global Boom Box’.

Strummerville
Strummerville is a registered charity that gives support to aspiring musicians and help to projects that help change the world through music. Set up by the friends and family of Joe Strummer in the year after his death, the charity seeks to reflect Joe’s unique contribution to the music world by offering support, resources and performance opportunities to artists who would not normally have access to them