Joe Strummer

Joe Strummer

Before Bono became rock's premier human rights activist, there was Joe Strummer, who brought forceful protest songs back to popular music in the late 1970s as rhythm guitarist and front man of the Clash. Wearing t-shirts scrawled with the names of extreme-left organizations and railing in his grainy British brogue against racism and other social ills in songs like “White Riot” and “London's Burning,” Strummer fronted what for a few years was the great band in rock.

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