Joe Strummer

The Clash’s Joe Strummer Honored With Rock Festival

Late The Clash frontman Joe Strummer is to be honored with a music festival to mark the 10th anniversary of his death later this year.

The rocker passed away from a congenital heart defect in December 2002, at the age of 50, and bosses of the Strummerville charity are planning a musical showpiece in August, the month he would have turned 60.

The charity was set up by the British star’s family to help up-and-coming musicians, and a spokesman revealed they are hoping the bill for the event in south-west England – dubbed the Strummer of Love – will include many bands influenced by The Clash.

A spokesman for Strummerville tells Mojo magazine, “None of the bands have been booked yet and the search is still continuing for a suitable site. But when we were discussing how to celebrate Joe’s life, a music festival seems to be the most appropriate way.”

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Joe Strummer Biopic To Be Directed By Julie Delpy

The French actress, who has directed the films “2 Days in Paris” and “The Countess” among others, will be directing “The Right Profile,” which focuses on the singer’s life after he withdrew from the music scene until his death in 2002. The film’s title is derived from a song on The Clash’s 1979 release London Calling.

Strummer (whose real name was John Mellor) formed The Clash in the 1970s and spearheaded the London punk scene with his band, using reggae and funk sounds and writing politically charged lyrics.

Delpy is currently also working on a third film for the “Before Sunrise/Before Sunset” film series, in which she appears alongside Ethan Hawke. She has yet to confirm whether she will play a role in the Strummer biopic.