Joe Strummer, born August 21, 1952, was a British musician who served as the guitarist and vocalist of the popular rock band titled “The Clash.” Strummer developed an interest in rock music when he was studying at the City of London Freemen’s School. In 1970, he graduated from the school and studied a short course in drawing cartoons. In 1973, Strummer moved to Newport South Wales where he officially started his music career. He joined other bands and continued to make music until his death in 2002. We’ll help you celebrate Strummer’s special day right here.
August 21, 1952
December 22, 2002 (age 50)
Joe Strummer, born John Graham Mellor, was a British musician who served as the co-founder, co-lead vocalist, rhythmic guitarist, and lyricist of a punk rock band called “The Clash.” He was born on August 21, 1952, in Ankara, Turkey. Strummer’s father was Ronald Ralph Mellor and he was the son of a clerical officer. His mother was Anna Mackenzie, the daughter of a crofter in Bonar Bridge. When Strummer was nine, he and his brother enrolled in the City of London Freemen’s School. They were boarders at the school and rarely saw their parents for the next seven years.
Strummer developed an interest in rock music during this time and he would listen to records by ‘Little Richard,’ ‘The Beach Boys,’ and ‘Woody Guthrie.’ In 1970, Strummer’s brother committed suicide, an event that scarred Strummer for life. That same year, Strummer finished his time at the City of London Freemen’s School and enrolled at the Central School of Art and Design in London, where he completed a one-year foundation course as a cartoonist. In 1973, Strummer moved to Newport, South Wales where he met college musicians and started a band called “Flaming Youth.” During this time, he wrote and recorded “Crumby Bum Blues” on an old reel-to-reel tape recorder.
In 1974, the band fell apart and Strummer moved back to London. He met Dogg and formed a new band called “The 101ers.” One year later, he adopted the name “Joe Strummer” and went ahead to build a huge name for himself. His career lasted more than two decades until his death on December 22, 2002.
Strummer decides to become a vegetarian
Strummer plays a small part in the film, “Walker,” directed by Alex Cox.
Strummer leaves the 101ers and joins “The Clash.”
Strummer performs his last in a small club venue called “The Palace.”
Why We Love Joe Strummer
He was talented
Strummer’s career spanned more than two decades. During this time, he had built a huge following worldwide.
He placed himself first
Strummer left the “101ers” to join “The Clash.” He knew that there was a better opportunity in the second band.
He was emotionally strong
Since Strummer’s brother committed suicide when they were in school, he was asked to identify the body because he was the nearest family. While this traumatized him, Strummer remained strong.
5 Surprising Facts
He died of a heart attack
Strummer died of an undiagnosed congenital heart defect.
He was paid to marry a woman
Strummer accepted cash from a South African citizen called Pamela Moolman so she could obtain British citizenship.
He featured in South Park
Strummer made a guest appearance on the animated television show, South Park, in 1975.
He acted in Walker
Joe played a small part in the television series called “Walker.”
He lost his brother in school
Strummer’s brother committed suicide when they were in the City of London Freemen’s School.
Joe Strummer FAQs
What was Strummer’s heart condition?
He was suffering from an intramural coronary artery.
Where is Joe Strummer buried?
He was cremated.
Was Joe Strummer a vegetarian?
Yes, he was.
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