Along with his bandmates, Joe Strummer was in and out of jail for having committed minor "bad boy" acts such as vandalism throughout 1977. But soon after, Strummer and The Clash became social activists and headed a Rock Against Racism concert. The 1978 song "White Man" addresses the issue.
Former lead singer/guitarist of The Clash.
Strummer is the son of a British diplomat.
He has been regarded as one of the most talented songwriters of his generation.
Formed Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros
At the time of his death, he was working on a third album with the Mescaleros and was collaborated with Bono of U2 and Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics on a song in honor of former South African Pres. Nelson Mandela. Song Titled '46664', Mandela's number in prison, the song was performed with Bono singing Joe's last lyrics, on Saturday November 29th 2003 at Green Point Stadium, Cape Town, South Africa.
Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (as a member of the Clash) on 10 March 2003.
The Clash were voted the 30th Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Artists by Rolling Stone.
Mick Jones and Paul Simonon first saw Strummer playing at a show and Strummer, having mistook these scruffy strangers interest, was convinced they were about to jump him. They were actually looking for a musical collaborator and the three went onto to form The Clash.
When he changed his name to Joe Strummer when young, he would no longer answer to his previous nickname, "Woody" Mellor, so everyone knew him as "Joe."
Former manager of "The Pogues".
He was mostly Scottish, part Armenian.
Son of John Graham Mellor MBE (awarded in 1952 for his services to military).
A pedestrian underpass at the junction of Edgware Road and Harrow Road, West London, was renamed the Joe Strummer Subway in 2009 as Strummer used to busk there. This was the location for the shooting of Massive Attack: Voodoo in My Blood (2016).