Joe Strummer's 1963 Thunderbird Up for Auction

August 14, 2014

It's not a brand new Cadillac, but Joe Strummer's 1963 Chalfont Blue Ford Thunderbird is now up for auction on eBay. Bidding will end on Thursday, August 21st, which also happens to be the birthday of the late Clash co-founder. While...


The Clash End on a Low Note

January 2, 2014

When the story of the Clash is told, it often ends in 1983, when the group melted down following the US Festival and Mick Jones left the band. That's probably where most members would like to remember it ending too, but Joe Strummer and bassist Paul Simonon...



Green Day Pay Tribute to Joe Strummer

August 22, 2013

Green Day wished a happy birthday to Joe Strummer last night, midway through their set at O2 Academy Brixton in London. The Clash frontman, who died in 2002, would have turned 61 yesterday. The birthday wishes came during a show that included a full...


Joe Strummer Honored With Plaza in Spain

January 16, 2013

Joe Strummer will have a plaza in Granada, Spain, named after him following a Facebook petition that swayed city officials with the signatures of more than 2,000 residents, the BBC reports. Now to be known as Plaza de Joe Strummer, the campaign to rename...



Black Friday's 11 Must-Have Vinyl Releases

November 21, 2012

For rock & roll fans, the holidays are coming early this year: artists ranging from Bob Dylan and Nirvana to John Mayer and the White Stripes are releasing limited-edition vinyl gems for Record Store Day's third annual Black Friday celebration....


Song Premiere: Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros, 'Johnny Appleseed' (Live)

August 21, 2012

Click to listen to Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros 'Johnny Appleseed (Live at Acton Town Hall)' To mark what would have been the 60th birthday of punk pioneer Joe Strummer, Hellcat will release a new collection, The Hellcat Years, by his post-Clash outfit,...



Week in Rock History: Nikki Sixx Declared Dead for Two Minutes

December 19, 2011

This week in rock history, the first couple in ABBA separated, Nikki Sixx died and was revived, the Smiths took the stage for the final time, Joe Strummer passed away and Jack White turned himself into Detroit police. December 24, 1978: ABBA's Bjorn...


The Clash: Anger on the Left

February 18, 2011

London — Never mind that shit," says Joe Strummer, the thuggish-looking lead singer of the Clash, addressing some exultant kids yelling "Happy New Year" at him from the teeming floor of the Lyceum. "You've got your future at stake. Face front!...


Julie Delpy to Direct Joe Strummer Biopic

November 22, 2011

French actress and director Julie Delpy has signed on to helm The Right Profile, a biopic of the late Clash frontman Joe Strummer. Not many details about the film have emerged, but the project is said to focus on the singer's life from the time he planned...



Strummer's 101ers Calling

May 25, 2005

Joe Strummer often spoke of reissuing the lone album from his mid-Seventies pre-Clash band, the 101ers. But the punk legend's untimely death of a heart attack in 2002 gave the project a new urgency that will finally land it in shops again on June 14th,...


Album Review


October 8, 2003

When Joe Strummer was around to take for granted, most of his solo projects seemed sadly desultory: Strummer's passion was never in question, but his band the Mescaleros suggested a toy Clash with more world-music spice. In his unexpected absence, however,...


Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: The Clash

February 28, 2003

When I spoke with Joe Strummer in November, his ears were ringing. He and his band the Mescaleros had just finished rehearsing for a U.K. tour, and he hadn't even spoken with his former Clash bandmates -- Mick Jones, Paul Simonon and Nicky "Topper" Headon...


Joe Strummer: 1952-2002

January 23, 2003

Joe Strummer, frontman for the groundbreaking punk band the Clash, died at his farmhouse in southern England on December 22nd. He was fifty. According to Trisha Simonon, the wife of Clash bassist Paul Simonon, the cause of death was a defective artery...


Strummer's "Streetcore" Ready

August 26, 2003

Joe Strummer's final album was far from finished when he died last December. But the former Clash leader's backing band, the Mescaleros, weren't about to let the material go to waste: Streetcore, a ten-track collection, will be released October 4th. "A...


Bruce, Elvis Honor Strummer

February 13, 2003

Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Steve Van Zandt and No Doubt's Tony Kanal will perform a special tribute to Joe Strummer at the forty-fifth annual Grammy Awards. The late Clash frontman died of a heart attack on December 22nd. In addition to being...



Strummer Died of Heart Attack

December 24, 2002

An autopsy conducted today confirmed that Joe Strummer's death was the result of a sudden cardiac arrest. Strummer, the former singer, guitarist and songwriter for legendary punk rockers the Clash, died Sunday at his home in Somerset, England, after returning...


Mini Clash Reunion in London

November 18, 2002

Long-estranged Clash collaborators Mick Jones and Joe Strummer shared a stage for the first time in nearly twenty years on Friday night at a charity gig in London. After Strummer and his current outfit the Mescaleros played a set on behalf of the British...


Joe Strummer Dead at Fifty

December 23, 2002

Joe Strummer, former singer, guitarist and songwriter for legendary punk rockers the Clash, died Sunday at his home in Somerset, England of an apparent heart attack; he was fifty. An autopsy is pending. The son of a British diplomat, Strummer was born...



Strummer Documentary Due

November 6, 2001

An extra pair of eyes is on Joe Strummer this fall, as filmmaker Dick Rude lenses a documentary of the former Clash guitarist's fall tour with his latest band, Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros. "I called up Joe a couple months ago," says Rude, whose previous...