Joe Strummer, frontman for the seminal British punk band The Clash,died on December 22, 2002, at his farmhouse in Somerset, southwesternEngland.
Strummer had most recently been touring with his band, TheMescaleros. Since The Clash disbanded in 1986, Strummer has dabbled infilm music (Sid & Nancy), acting (Walker, MysteryTrain, Straight to Hell), sat behind the producer's desk forThe Pogues and got back behind a mic as a solo artist (EarthquakeWeather, Rock Art and the X-Ray Style, GlobalA-Go-Go).
"Joe's more of an intuitive guitar player," engineer Bill Price toldMix ("London Calling," Classic Tracks, November 2000). "He usedto bash the living daylights out of his guitar when the song demandedit. He also had a sort of unconscious way of damping the chord with hisright hand, which used to produce this incredibly urgent, clanging andclashing sound, which I've never heard any other guitarist everproduce. Joe always played a Fender, unless it was broken, and thenhe'd play anything. Joe's strumming was so intrinsic to him that weused to do his vocals with him strumming an unplugged Fender, becauseit was the only way he could get into it. And if he didn't have aguitar there for some reason, Joe would beat his chest with his rightfist."
For more, check out the "Mix Interview" in the August 1997issue.