Jeff Whelan: Joe Strummer's Legacy
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Joe Strummer, the frontman for the legendary rock n' roll band The Clash, would have turned 60 years old this month. He died suddenly of an undiagnosed heart defect 10 years ago this December, but is arguably more relevant today than at the height of his popularity.
Strummer, after all, is the man who penned the lyric, "All the power's in the hands, of the people rich enough to buy it." Occupy, anyone? Citizens United? The Clash's masterpiece -- London Calling -- comes off like it was written for the summer of 2012, with pounding, staccato chords that capture our collective anxious mood, and apocalyptic lyrics that reflect contemporary fears of economic and environmental collapse: "The ice age is coming/the sun's zooming in/meltdown expected/the wheat is growing thin..."
But like some of his heroes, including Woody Guthrie and Johnny Cash, Strummer's reach extended beyond his music. In his short life, he matured from young firebrand into a battle-ha
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