Joe Strummer RIP
The singer died of a suspected heart attackat his home in Somerset. He was 50 years old.
“He wasn’t some phoney,” said Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones. “He was a big part of the whole punk movement.”
“He was a brilliant lyricist and the electric focal point of the greatest live band of all time,” said Audioslave’s Tom Morello. “He played as if the world could be changed by a three-minute song, and when I saw The Clash play, my world was changed forever. His idealism and conviction instilled in me the courage to pick up a guitar and the courage to try to make a difference. Joe Strummer was my greatest inspiration, my favourite singer of all time and my hero. I already miss him so much.”
“[The Clash] were unique because, here they are, breaking up at the peak of their popularity and having plenty of offers to come back, and not doing it…they never really cared about the money” added Johnny Ramone.
Strummer, real name John Mellor, is survived by his wife Lucinda, two daughters and one step-daughter.