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Joe Strummer
Original name: John Mellor
Birth: Aug. 21, 1952
Ankara, Turkey
Death: Dec. 22, 2002
Broomfield
Somerset, England

While spending most of his youth in boarding schools, this son of a British diplomat, became exposed to rock, reggae and R &B. He dropped out of school and began playing guitar in London's Underground, earning the name, "Joe Strummer". His first band, The 101ers, was short lived and he formed The Clash in 1976. While The Clash had limited American success and a mere 6 albums under their belt, they are known as "the only band that ever mattered." 1980's "London Calling" is heavily regarded as one of the most important pieces of rock music ever recorded. They altered the face of punk music by fusing world beats with political issue. The Clash were champions of left wing causes. A voice was given to those who had none. The Clash were offered large sums of money in their career but never accepted it. Joe Strummer continued to record, act, and produced after the breakup of The Clash in 1986. While his 1989 solo album "Earthquake Weather" fared well, Joe primarily worked on soundtracks and had a brief stint with The Pogues. He founded the Mescaleros in the late 1990s and they recorded two albums "Rock Art and the X Ray Style" and "Global A Go-Go." Joe wore his politics on his sleeve and used his music to support those who needed him. The Clash are set to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March 2003. At the time of his death, Joe was working with U2's Bono on a tribute to Nelson Mandella and another album with the Mescaleros. Bono is quoted as saying that "The Clash wrote the rule book." Joe Strummer died of a heart attack at his farmhouse home. (bio by: paige) 

Cause of death: Heart attack
 
Burial:
Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
 
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Originally Created by: John Sheets
Record added: Dec 23, 2002
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- Martha
 Added: Aug. 21, 2014
Happy Birthday Joe, thinking of you as always
- Kait Hawley
 Added: Aug. 21, 2014

- R I P
 Added: Aug. 21, 2014
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