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Happy 63rd Birthday, Joe Strummer

Joe Strummer, the lyricist, rhythm guitarist and singer for The Clash, was born on this day in 1952, according to This Day in Music.

Here is the start of his profile at Biography:

As frontman and main songwriter of the Clash, Joe Strummer created some of the fieriest, most vital punk rock — and, indeed, rock & roll — of all time. Strummer expanded punk’s musical palette with his fondness for reggae and early rock & roll, and his signature bellow lent an impassioned urgency to the political sloganeering that filled some of his best songs. (Continue Reading…)

Strummer died of a heart attack on December 12, 2002.

Above is “London Calling.”

Strummer has a particularly dedicated base of fans. Here is a good fan site.