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Joe Strummer performs with his solo project, The Latino Rockabilly War, in 1989. The Clash frontman died of heart failure in December 2002.
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December 20, 2012 They were called "the only band that matters." In the late 1970s and early '80s, The Clash pioneered punk rock — then went on to expand its possibilities in witty songs that critiqued the world. Strummer, the group's lead singer and songwriter, died 10 years ago this week.
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July 14, 2007 The Clash was sometimes called "the only band that mattered." They mashed reggae, R&B, and rockabilly into classic three-chord punk rock. Chris Salewicz's Redemption Song: The Ballad of Joe Strummer offers an extensive biography into the band's enigmatic frontman.
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August 1, 2005 Music critic Milo Miles tells us about Joe Strummer's pre-Clash band, The 101'ers. Strummer went on to fame as the lead singer of the seminal punk band The Clash. Elgin Avenue Breakdown Revisited is the reissued 101'ers album in stores now.
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November 12, 2003 The posthumous album from Joe Strummer, a leader of The Clash, reflects many elements of his career, with a mix of rock and reggae influences. Strummer died last December at age 50, and members of his final band, the Mescaleros, helped to finish Streetcore. Chris Nickson has a review.
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October 27, 2003 A reissued classic from Television; Finger-style guitarist Martin Simpson; Traditional English ballads from June Tabor; Folk music from Finland's Värtinnä. Featured Artist: Joe Strummer.
December 23, 2002 British punk rocker and The Clash frontman Joe Strummer dies at his farmhouse at age 50. Strummer came of age in a hard-living milieu where people died young, but no one expected it in his case. NPR's Neda Ulaby reports.
December 23, 2002 Joe Strummer, singer, guitarist and songwriter for the highly influential British punk rock band The Clash, died Sunday at the age of 50. The Clash is commonly credited with adding a more political and musical dimension to the 70s and 80s punk rock movement.
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