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Jonathan Rhys Meyers Cast As Joe Strummer


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Jonathan Rhys Meyers will play Joe Strummer in a The Clash film.

The Irish actor has been cast as the punk frontman in the forthcoming film titled 'London Town', which will be set in 1970s London.

The drama will tell the tale of a teenager whose life changes dramatically when his estranged mother introduces him to the music of The Clash, who formed in 1976 before going on to release six studio albums.

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Jonathan Rhys Meyers To Portray Joe Strummer In New Rock Drama


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London Town, which is set in the British capital in the 1970s, follows a 14-year-old boy whose life is forever changed after his estranged mother introduces him to Strummer's music.

Production is currently underway in London, with The Joneses filmmaker Derrick Borte directing from a script by Kirsten Sheridan, Sonya Gildea and Matthew Brown.

The drama, which co-stars Dougray Scott and Natascha MCElhone, is reportedly set to feature some of The Clash's biggest hits after producers managed to secure the rights to the tunes, according to ScreenDaily.com.

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Joe Strummer's Thunderbird Up For Sale


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A Ford Thunderbird previously owned by late The Clash frontman Joe Strummer has been put on sale by the Beverly Hills Car Club.

Bids for the 1963 model began on Monday afternoon (11Aug14) and will end on what would have been the punk icon's 62nd birthday on 21 August (14).

The rocker passed away on 22 December, 2002. He purchased the classic car in 1987 for $4,200 (Gbp2,470).

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Mick Jones: 'Secret Joe Strummer Tunes Could Have Sparked The Clash's Comeback'


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Former The Clash star Mick Jones has revealed he was writing new music with the band's late frontman Joe Strummer before he died in 2002.

The guitarist tells the Bbc the former bandmates were secretly working on tracks that Strummer was hoping to record with his group The Mescaleros.

Jones recalls, "We wrote a batch... The idea was he was going to go into the studio with The Mescaleros during the day and then send them all home. I'd come in all night and we'd all work all night."

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Joe Strummer To Be Honoured In Spain


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The Clash frontman Joe Strummer will be remembered in the Spanish city of Granada after officials agreed to name a square in the late singer's honour.

The rocker spent a lot of time living and working in Granada in the 1980s and local residents have been campaigning for several years for a permanent memorial of the region's famous former resident.

Officials have now confirmed they will be renaming a square Plaza Joe Strummer in honour of the late musician.

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Joe Strummer Remembered: 10 Years After His Death


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This evening (Dec 22nd) will mark the ten year anniversary of one of the 20th Century's greatest individuals, both in and outside of music: John Graham Mellor, or as he was better known, Joe Strummer

Strummer, who led the hugely influential punk band The CLash from their incarnation in 1976 until their eventual spilt a decade later, blended elements of ska, reggae, rock and punk to create what was then a truly original sound, and what is now a sound that has been replicated numerous times.

Of course, Strummer's legacy transcends his music, for he was so much more than just your throwaway singer/guitarist. He was a man of strong and noble morals, and stood by them no matter what, whether it was through his constant backing of the Rock Against Racism campaign or fighting for the rights of Planet Earth with the Future Forests campaign. He was dedicated to forward-thinking politics and his songs would almost always be infused with his own political agenda, whether he was writing for The Clash or any of his post-Clash projects and even when he left punk behind he still remained the living embodiment of its DIY ethos.

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Fans And Friends To Mark 10th Anniversary Of Joe Strummer's Last Gig


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Folk-punk group The Men They Couldn't Hang and The Clash tribute band Take The 5Th are among the acts set to pay tribute to Joe Strummer on the 10th anniversary of the late music icon's last gig.

The Clash frontman and his band The Mescaleros headlined a benefit concert for the Fire Brigades Union at London's Acton Town Hall on 16 November, 2002, and now friends and fans are gathering to commemorate the show.

Acton Town Hall is no longer available to hire, and so the gig will take place at Notting Hill's Tabernacle.

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Joe Strummer - Streetcore Album Review


Streetcore may not quite reach the heights of its predecessor (2001's Global a Go-Go), but despite a ragged patchwork nature of rescued studio takes, it's certainly a fitting bookend to Joe Strummer's career.

Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros - Streetcore Album review

Following his sudden death in 2002, fellow members of The Mescaleros Martin Slattery and Scott Shields assembled a third and final record from unused material. It shares some similarities with the similar American Recordings of latter day Johnny Cash that Rick Rubin subsequently rescued from the archives. But unlike Cash's sombre march towards the grave, Strummer seems to have revisited his youth here.

Opener 'Coma Girl' is perhaps the most recognisable song of the 10 that formed the original record. It includes a sly nod to Strummer's beloved summer retreat of Glastonbury; "I was crawling through a festival way out west". Elsewhere, the opening guitar brings to mind the vitality of early The Clash records. While Streetcore doesn't possess the experimentation of the first two Mescaleros records, it succeeds by playing to Strummer's strengths as a Punk icon. So while some of the vocals are a little rough around the edges, the ragged guitars that accompany them only add to the sense of immediacy. Other parallels to the Clash include 'Burnin' Streets', which acts like a more relaxed cousin to 'London's Burning'. Some of the references made in the extracts from Strummer's radio show (that form a loose lyric for 'Midnight Jam') also have an air of nostalgia.

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Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros - Global A Go-Go Album Review


Joe Strummer's foray into World Music with the Mescaleros has been largely overlooked in the pages of recent rock history. Perhaps that's because, a year later, Damon Albarn did much the same thing with Mali Music, or maybe it's just that Strummer's status as punk icon cast a long shadow over his subsequent work. Whatever the reason, Hellcat's reissue of the second Joe Strummer & The Mecaleros album Global A Go-Go is a real treat.

Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros - Global A Go-Go Album review

While it's light on bonus material, that's almost a blessing, it doesn't feel like they're cashing in on what would have been Strummer's 60th birthday by re-writing his legacy. For the uninitiated Global A Go-Go was the final album Strummer completed before his sudden death in 2002. Unlike its predecessor, the record displayed its cultural melting pot credentials proudly with each track highlighting Strummer's warm, everyman vocal delivery.

'Johnny Appleseed' with its mix of Celtic and African influences, 'Global A Go-Go' with its dub and electronic flourishes, and 'Mondo Bongo' with its late night Latin vibe, all sit proudly alongside Strummer's finest work. While there's little doubt Strummer was the main draw for many listeners, the multi-instrumentation approach from each of the band members is the real revelation here. Effortlessly fusing styles and ideas, it's a record that really hasn't dated because, in many ways, it was ahead of its time.

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Seasick Steve Pays Tribute To Joe Strummer At Festival


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Veteran blues singer Seasick Steve paid tribute to Joe Strummer during his set at a U.K. festival in honour of the late The Clash frontman on Friday (17Aug12).

The weekend (17-19Aug12) Strummer of Love event, to mark the 60th birthday of Strummer and the 10th anniversary of his death, launched in Somerset, England, and Seasick Steve was among the performers on the first day of festivities.

He performed a string of his hits and took time out from his show to praise Strummer.

He told the crowd, "I bought my first Clash record many years ago. Years before some of you were born. I heartily respect the man's belief and vision. I gotta say it's a real honour and privilege to headline the opening night of Strummer of Love. Thank you Joe!"

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