John Graham Mellor, 21 August 1952, Ankara, Turkey, d. 22 December 2002, Broomfield, Somerset, England. Strummer, one of the key figures on the UK punk scene in the mid-70s, was born the son of a British diplomat stationed in Turkey. After a period spent busking in London, Strummer joined pub rock outfit the 101ers in 1974. He stayed with this band for two years before, inspired by a Sex Pistols show, he left to form the Clash with Mick Jones and Paul Simonon. One of the original UK punk bands, the Clash soon progressed beyond the genres limited range, embracing rock and reggae and enjoying a series of transatlantic hit singles in the late 70s and early 80s.
The original Clash line-up splintered in 1983 with the departure of drummer Topper Headon and Jones, and after the dismal Cut The Crap (1985) Strummer and Simonon elected to also call it a day. Strummer went on to tour with Latino Rockabilly War and play rhythm guitar with the...
Read the Full Biography of Joe Strummer
Find products featuring