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Dead Person of the Day December 22 – Joe Strummer

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Use this as in inspiration to infuse some Clash into your holiday listening repertoire. Another solid output from Jon Pareles

John Graham Mellor, aka Joe Strummer, (21 August 1952 – 22 December 2002)

Published: December 24, 2002

Joe Strummer, whose raw voice and fervent songs for the Clash showed the punk generation that rebellion could be not just personal but also political, died of a heart attack on Sunday at his farmhouse in Broomfield, Somerset, in southwestern England, his recording company said. He was 50.

Mr. Strummer’s hoarse, bawling voice and choppy rhythm guitar were at the center of the Clash, the band that played punk-rock with a world of troubles and insurgencies in mind. “If you ain’t thinkin’ about man and God and law, then you ain’t thinkin’ about nothin’,” Mr. Strummer said in a 1988 interview. Continue

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