The Clash

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.”


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.

Rocker Mick Jones Wants To Save The Fabled London 100 Club

The Clash star Mick Jones has offered to help anyone spearheading a campa ign to save fabled London venue the 100 Club.

The guitarist has expressed his sadness about reports the former punk Mecca will close at Christmas (10) if the current owner doesn’t get a rent break.

Jones has special memories of the place – he performed there with The Clash and the Sex Pistols in 1976 at an event that launched the punk movement.
But the 100 Club has hit hard times and current owner Jeff Horton insists he’ll have to close the venue down at the end of 2010 if he doesn’t ge t a break in spiralling rent.
Jones hopes it doesn’t come to that, telling, “I’m sorry to hear it might be closing. It will be greatly missed if it closes. Someon e should start a campaign to save it.
“If someone’s going to do something and I’m available then I’d love to help.”
Essential Clash

The Clash Were Once the Only Band That Mattered

By Gillian Gaar
On April 8, 1977, the British punk act the Clash released its debut album on CBS Records in the UK. Simply titled “The Clash,” the album featured 14 cuts in the short-sharp-shock tradition of the day, most of which ran under two-and-a-half minutes. Though the British fanzine Sniffin’ Glue lamented “Punk died the day the Clash signed to CBS,” the album has gone on to become a classic of the punk era. At the time of its release, it reached No. 12 in the U.K., and has since regularly landed on “Best Punk Albums” lists in both U.S. and U.K. publications. Once heralded as “The only band that matters” in an early promotional slogan, it’s clear that the band’s legacy still matters to music fans today.
Now U.S. fans will be able to experience “The Clash” in both its original format — vinyl — and its original U.K. running order (which differed greatly from the U.S. version of the album) with a new reissue on Omaha, Neb.,-based Drastic Plastic Records. “When we decided to actively pursue bringing classic punk and post-punk titles back into print on vinyl we wanted to begin with something essential, as well as a recording that we all felt personally close to,” explains Neil Azevedo, general manager, A&R, at Drastic Plastic. “The Clash’s debut was our top choice.”
The original album came out more than 30 years ago; now, 21st century music fans can be introduced (or re-introduced) to the band’s timeless brand of righteous punk rock.
The Clash came together in 1976, as a new generation was in the process of transforming the musical landscape in Britain. John Graham Mellor was a member of that new generation, a rock fan who’d dropped out of art school to become a musician. His first band, The Vultures, was based in Wales; when that group broke up in 1974, he moved to London and formed pub-rock outfit The 101’ers, named after the address where the band members squatted, in an abandoned house. Mellor, guitarist and vocalist in the band, had by then taken on the nickname “Woody,” after Woody Guthrie, and by mid-1975, he’d adopted a new name, Joe Strummer. It was part of a continual process of crafting a new identity; John Mellor came from a well-off family and had been sent to private school. “Joe Strummer” was a name, and a personality, that had more street credibility. Read more>>
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