Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Hey Joe

Anyone who knows me is aware of my obsession with Joe Strummer. I'd say it began around the age of 12. I remember the first time I heard the clash, my brother was playing White Man (In Hammersmith) in his room. It soon became my favorite song. That moment was quickly followed by me making my mom take me to the record store to buy my first Clash tee. This began my love affair with the punk wave in the 1970s & 1980s.

If you aren't familiar with Joe, he was lead lyricist, vocalist and rhythm guitarist for one of my favorite British bands, The Clash. He was a brilliant musician, and played a very important role in the British Punk movement in the 70s and 80s. The clash were known for being very political in their lyrics. Joe wrote songs about what he was passionate about, racism, police brutality, unemployment and the basic demise of the world we live in. He was an extremely charitable man and never took advantage of the fame & money. I admire him and his passion. Today Joe would have been 60 yrs young and most likely still trying to make this world a better place to live in, musically and socially. 
RIP Joe.


Heather said...

Not sure if you'll be able to see this or not, a friend of mine painted a great portrait of Joe Strummer!


Sue said...

I remember when my oldest, Brande, was younger. She so loved Joe Strummer! Great post Amy, thanks.

Take care,

Rhonda said...

Ditto on the Clash love! Great post!