Joe Strummer Fun Facts, Quotes and Tweets


11th April 2012

Fact: The new Strummer of Love festival to mark the 60th birthday of late The Clash frontman Joe Strummer will take place in Somerset, England from 17-19 August (12) - 10 years after the punk icon died. The talent will be announced next week (beg23Apr12) and will feature many of Strummer's friends and "global superstars", according to the festival's website. Proceeds will benefit Strummerville, a charity established in the guitarist's memory.


22nd November 2011

Fact: French actress/director Julie Delpy is to make a movie about late The Clash frontman Joe Strummer. The Right Profile will chronicle the punk icon's life and career. Strummer died in December 2002.


31st August 2011

Quote: "The life has the highs and lows and complexities to make for a feature film and a great soundtrack. I'd need to brush up my vocal and guitar skills." Orlando Bloom would like to star as late punk legend Joe Strummer in a biopic of The Clash singer.


25th July 2010

Fact: Metallica'S JAMES HETFIELD, Slash, EDDIE VAN HALEN and Keith Richards have joined late stars Johnny Ramone, Roy Orbison, Jimi Hendrix, Joe Strummer and DJANGO REINHARDT on a new list of the world's Coolest Guitarists. Stray Cats star Brian Setzer, Link Wray, Buddy Guy and Jimmy Page also make the top 30 list in the new issue of Guitar World magazine.


11th December 2008

Fact: A Christmas charity gig is to be held in London on 21 December (08) to celebrate the life of late The Clash frontman Joe Strummer. Acts scheduled to appear include THE ROTTEN HILL GANG, THE RIFF-RAFF, DAN SMITH and THE SAVAGE NOMADS. The proceeds will go to Strummerville, the charity founded by Strummer's widow LUCINDA shortly after his death in 2002.


28th November 2007

Fact: Primal Scream star MANI and former The Smiths bassist ANDY ROURKE will mark the fifth anniversary of the death of Clash frontman Joe Strummer on 22 December (07) at a tribute show, called LONDON CALLING: REMEMBERING JOE STRUMMER, in Brixton, London.


5th November 2007

Quote: "He didn't want to talk. I really don't know why." Filmmaker Julien Temple on the most obvious omission from his Joe Strummer tribute documentary THE FUTURE IS UNWRITTEN, former The Clash bandmate PAUL SIMONON.


21st June 2007

Fact: A previously unheard track by late Clash frontman Joe Strummer will receive its world premiere on Friday (22Jun07). DIVORCING JACK will air on The Late Show on BBC Radio Ulster.


22nd March 2007

Quote: "I always remember Joe Strummer once said to me, 'I'll stop making movies when Eddie Murphy stop making records!' So I took the hint." Actor and music aficionado Matt Dillon has never been tempted to form his own band.


26th June 2006

Fact: Late punk star Joe Strummer's music charity Strummerville is launching a new night to showcase up-and-coming bands in London. The event, entitled Strummerville Nights, kicks off next month (05JUL06).


28th March 2006

Fact: Late The Clash rocker Joe Strummer contributed guitar for JANKY HOLOCAUST, a track recorded for the long-awaited GUNS N' ROSES album CHINESE DEMOCRACY, two weeks before his death. Frontman Axl Rose has since ditched the tune from the finished album.


7th November 2005

Fact: <p>Late British radio icon John Peel has had a train named after him. The Class 47 locomotive will operate from Norwich, England, on the Cotswold Rail route, where punk great Joe Strummer also has a tribute train in service. </p>


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