ONE OF THE LEADING ROCK AND ROLL PERSON THE ROCK FOLK RELATE TO, PASSED AWAY ON SUNDAY 22ND DECEMBER.
JOE STRUMMER BUILT, ALONG WITH THE CLASH AND BY HIMSELF, THE LAST 30 YEARS OF MUSIC HISTORY.
BESIDE THE GREAT TALENT, THE SKILLS OF A GENIUS THAT FEATURED HIM, HIS GREAT POSITIVE, INTELLIGENT AND GENEROUS PERSONALITY HAS ALWAYS FASCINATED AND APPEALED US, IN LINE WITH HIS IDEALS AND CONSISTENT WITH HIS IDEAS. IDEAS THAT NEVER BECAME PREJUDICES AGAINST HIS ARTISTIC FREEDOM.
OPEN MINDED AND AVAILABLE WITH THE NEW GENERATIONS, HE'S NEVER STOPPED IN FRONT OF HIS PAST MUSICAL MASTERPIECES BUT HE LOOKED FORWARD, ONE STEP BEYOND, WITH A GREAT SKILLS OF CHALLENGE AND RENEWAL.
HE LEFT US TOO EARLY: HE HAS BEEN THE ONE WE LOOKED AT, DURING THE TEENAGE TIME, WITH A ROMANTIC GLIMPSE, AS AN HERO, AS A GOD, THAN, GROWING UP, WITH THE EYES OF ADULTS THAT DEEPLY ADMIRE HIS GENIUS AND HIS COURAGE TO TRIAL NEW SOUNDS.
THIS IS OUR LITTLE TRIBUTE TO JOE STRUMMER.
POGOPOP HERE REPORTED A LIST OF WEBSITES DEDICATED TO HIM AND A BRIEF BIOGRAPHY. (FROM REUTERS).
Tribute to Joe Strummer
Joe Strummer (1952-2002)
Dec 23,10:39 AM ET
Sometimes described as rebels with a cause, the Clash fused a variety of musical styles -- reggae, funk and even rap -- with a political message that brought punk to the mainstream and also found big success in the U.S. market.Bono, lead singer from the Irish band U2, said: "The Clash was the greatest rock band. They wrote the rule book for U2."
In 1976, Strummer met a then 23-year-old guitarist Mick Jones and linked up with bassist Paul Simonon and drummer Terry Chimes. As the Clash, the quartet made an immediate and explosive impact in Britain.
Rolling Stone magazine called their 1977 eponymous debut "The definitive punk album."
Follow-ups "Give 'Em Enough Rope" (1978), and "London Calling" (1979) also became instant punk classics. After The Clash split, a tireless Strummer stayed center stage with a variety of projects, dabbling in acting and writing music for films.
More recently, Strummer toured with a new band, the Mescaleros, and played a benefit concert with Mick Jones in November, reuniting with his partner in punk for the first time in nearly 20 years.
At the time of his death, Strummer was collaborating with U2's Bono and Dave Stewart (news), formerly of the Eurythmics, on an AIDS (news - web sites) awareness track.
"The Clash are to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year and there was hope that there would be a reunion and a tour...this must be especially sad for their fans," Gilbert said.
Strummer's death was a double blow for punk fans still mourning the fatal drug overdose in June of singer Dee Dee Ramone from legendary American band the Ramones.
Strummer is survived by his wife, two daughters and one stepdaughter.