Joe Strummer Memorial Page

Strummerville Flag, Prefecture - 2003

I deeply miss my friend Joe Strummer. He was the strongest of men, a real inspirational leader, a guy who never seemed to tire of listening to people and talking to them, learning and teaching all the time. He had true compassion for everyone he met. He was the nicest and also the most fun loving person I’ve known.

Joe Strummer, Soo Catwoman, Mick Jones, Marko Pironi

On my first trip to London in 1976 I met Joe and Mick at Club Louise, but I don’t remember talking to them. (Soo Catwoman and Marko Pironi in the background).

(L-R) Joe Strummer of The Clash, Soo Catwoman, Mick Jones of The Clash, and Marko Pironi at Club Louise in London, England. October 1976. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: websitemail01@aol.com phone: 212-691-0391

Clash at the ICA London 1976.

I first saw the Clash at the ICA London Nov. 1976.

The Clash at the ICA in London England in 1976 © Bob Gruen / www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Joe 1977.

Joe Strummer, England - 1977
Joe 1977.
I went back to London in 1977 and asked Epic Records where the Clash were playing. They said the band didn’t work with them and they couldn’t help me get a pass but they told me the band was playing in Glascow so I went there. I ran into Mick and Paul as I was checking in and they set me up for the show.

Joe Strummer of the Clash in England. November 1977. © Bob Gruen / www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Joe 1977.

The day after Glasgow I saw them play at Edinburg.

Joe Strummer of The Clash on stage with hand over eyes in England. November 1977. © Bob Gruen / www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com Image #: R-109

The Clash were the most powerful and meaningful band I've worked with. Above, live in Boston in 1979.

When they came to the US I was on the tour bus. The Clash were the most powerful and meaningful band I’ve worked with. Above, live in Boston in 1979.

(L-R) Paul Simonon, Topper Headon, Joe Strummer and Mick Jones of The Clash live in Boston, MA. February 16, 1979. © Bob Gruen / www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com Image #: R-104

The Clash 1979.

The Clash in a dressing room in Boston Feb. 1979.

(L-R) Mick Jones, Joe Strummer, Paul Simonon and Topper Headon of The Clash in Boston, MA. February 16, 1979. © Bob Gruen / www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Andy Warhol & Joe Strummer.

Andy Warhol & Joe backstage at the show in New York 1979 at the Palladium. 

(L-R) Andy Warhol and Joe Strummer in NYC. February 1979. © Bob Gruen / www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

David Johansen & Debbie Harry 1979.

Topper Headon, Joe Stummer, Al Fields, David Johansen & Debbie Harry, NYC - 1979
David Johansen & Debbie Harry 1979.
David Johansen & Debbie Harry came to see the Clash in New York in 1979, see here with piano player Al Fields.

(L-R) Topper Headon and Joe Strummer of The Clash, Al Fields, David Johansen and Debbie Harry of Blondie in NYC. February 1979. © Bob Gruen / www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com Image #: R-440

Joe on the tour bus 1979.

Joe on the US tour bus 1979.

Joe Strummer of The Clash on a tour bus in USA. February 1979. © Bob Gruen / www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com Image #: C-201

Joe on a plane 1980.

Joe on a plane on US tour in 1980.

Joe Strummer of The Clash on a plane over USA. March 1980. © Bob Gruen / www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com Image #: R-378

Joe on top of New York City, June 1981.

Joe on top of New York City, June 1981.

Joe Strummer of The Clash on Top of The Rock in NYC. June 1981. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com Image #: R-107

Joe 1981.

Joe Strummer & Gaby Salter, NYC - 1981
Joe 1981.
Joe and Gaby get comfortable on the back of my 1954 Buick Special in New York 1981.

Joe Strummer of The Clash and Gaby kissing on a car in NYC. June 20, 1981. © Bob Gruen / www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com Image #: R-101

The Clash 1982.

The Clash on the way to Shea Stadium 1982.

(L-R) Joe Strummer, Terry Chimes, Mick Jones and Paul Simonon of The Clash in a car in New York City. October 12, 1982. © Bob Gruen / www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com Image #: R-373

Allen Ginsberg & Joe 1982.

Allen Ginsberg & Joe Strummer, NYC - 1982
Allen Ginsberg & Joe 1982.
Allen Ginsberg & Joe at Electric Ladyland Studio in New York in December 1982.

(L-R) Allen Ginsberg and Joe Strummer in NYC. January 1982. © Bob Gruen / www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Joe 1985.

Joe Strummer, NYC - 1985
Joe 1985.
Joe came to visit New York and we took some photos around Times Square in 1985.

Joe Strummer of The Clash on the streets of New York City. July 1985. © Bob Gruen / www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Joe 1986.

Joe Strummer, NYC - 1986
Joe 1986.
Joe during the filming of a video on Delancy Street in New York in 1986.

Joe Strummer of The Clash on the streets of New York City. July 1986. © Bob Gruen / www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Joe 1985.

Joe in a pensive mood on the Brooklyn waterfront in 1985.

Joe Strummer of The Clash posing by the Brooklyn Bridge in Brooklyn, NY. July 1985. © Bob Gruen / www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Joe 1985.

Joe Strummer, NYC - 1985
Joe 1985.
Joe in Times Square in 1985.

Joe Strummer of The Clash on the streets of New York City. July 1985. © Bob Gruen / www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Joe 1986.

Joe Strummer, NYC - 1986
Joe 1986.
Joe at my studio in New York after filming and recording for the film Walker in 1986.

Joe Strummer of The Clash at Westbeth Studios, NYC. November 1986. © Bob Gruen / www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Joe 1986.

Joe Strummer, NYC - 1986
Joe 1986.
Joe at my studio after shaving the beard he grew during the filming of Walker in  1986.

Joe Strummer posing at Westbeth Studios, NYC. November 1986. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Joe 1986.

Joe Strummer, NYC - 1986
Joe 1986.
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Joe in a bar on Broadway in New York in 1986.

Joe Strummer of The Clash smoking at a bar in NYC. November 1986. © Bob Gruen / www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com Image #: C-155

Joe 1989.

Joe Strummer, Los Angeles - 1989
Joe 1989.
Joe in Hollywood in 1989.

Joe Strummer of The Clash on Hollywood Blvd. in Los Angeles, CA. June 1989. © Bob Gruen / www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Joe 1989.

Joe  on the roof of the Gramarcy Hotel in New York in 1989.

Joe Strummer photographed on the top of the Gramercy Park Hotel, NYC. September 1989. © Bob Gruen / www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Josh Cheuse, Joe & Matt Dillon 1991.

Josh Cheuse, Joe Strummer & Matt Dillion, NYC - 1991
Josh Cheuse, Joe & Matt Dillon 1991.
Josh Cheuse, Joe & Matt Dillon at the 14th st. Bleeker Street subway stop in 1991 on the way to see Black 47.

(L-R) Josh Cheuse, Joe Strummer and Matt Dillon at the Bleecker St. subway station in NYC. September 1991. © Bob Gruen / www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

1994.

Lucinda Strummer & Joe Strummer, NYC - 1994
1994.
Joe and Lucinda walk like Bob Dylan & Suze Rotolo on Jones Street in Greenwich Village in 1994.

Joe Strummer of The Clash with his wife Lucinda in NYC. April 1994. © Bob Gruen / www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

1994.

Joe Strummer & Lucinda Strummer, NYC - 1994
1994.
Joe and Lucinda in Central Park in New York in 1994.

Joe Strummer of The Clash with his wife Lucinda in NYC. May 1994. © Bob Gruen / www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

1994.

Joe on 2nd Ave in New York in 1994.

Joe Strummer posing by a car in NYC. May 1994. © Bob Gruen / www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Joe under the Brooklyn Bridge June 1999.

Joe under the Brooklyn Bridge June 1999.

Joe Strummer standing under the Brooklyn Bridge, NYC. June 30, 1999. © Bob Gruen / www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com Image #: R-369

1999.

Joe at Mescaleros show at the Astoria Theater in London 1999.

Joe Strummer of The Clash on stage at Astoria Theatre in London, England. October 22, 1999. © Bob Gruen / www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

1999.

Joe Strummer, London - 1999
1999.
Joe at Mescaleros show at the Astoria Theater in London in 1999.

Joe Strummer of The Clash on stage at Astoria Theatre in London, England. October 22, 1999. © Bob Gruen / www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com Image #: C-206

1999.

Joe at Mescaleros show at Astoria Theater in London in 1999.

Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros perform at the 9:30 club in Washington D.C. on June 29, 1999. © Bob Gruen / www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

1999.

Lucinda and Joe with Jesse Malin and Bill Flanagan in New York in 1999.

Joe Strummer of the Clash with his wife Lucinda, Jesse Malin & Bill Flanagan in NYC. November 27, 1999. © Bob Gruen / www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

1999.

Hanging with Joe at Niagara bar in New York 1999.

(L-R) Jim Jarmusch, Joe Strummer and his wife Lucinda during a party. 1999. © Bob Gruen / www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

2001.

Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros, NYC - 2001
2001.
The Mescaleros before instore appearance in New York 2001.

Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros backstage at 'Late Night with Conan O'Brien' in NYC. July 2001. © Bob Gruen / www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

In June of 2001, we visited with Joe and Damien Hirst. Here Joe relaxes in the lovely English sunshine (with a heavy coat!)

Joe Strummer & Damien Hirst
In June of 2001, we visited with Joe and Damien Hirst. Here Joe relaxes in the lovely English sunshine (with a heavy coat!)
In June of 2001, we visited with Joe and Damien Hirst. Here Joe relaxes in the lovely English sunshine (with a heavy coat!)

Joe Stummer and Damien Hirst in England. June 2001© Bob Gruen / www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

September 2001, Joe and Mick Jones came to the opening party for my book and photo exhibition of the Clash.

September 2001, Joe and Mick Jones came to the opening party on Camden  for my new book and photo exhibition of the Clash.

Joe Strummer of The Clash, Bob Gruen & Mick Jones of The Clash at the opening of Bob's Clash book and exhibit in London, England. September 2001. © Bob Gruen / www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

April 2002.

Joe and friends after one of the shows in Brooklyn in April 2002.

Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros with Mick Jones, Josh Cheuse, Lucinda Stummer & Elizabeth Greggory-Gruen posing in Brooklyn, NY. April 11, 2002. © Bob Gruen / www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Joe played with his group the Mescaleros for the last several years, and was more interested in the new album he was working on this month than the recent talk of a possible Clash reunion at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Dinner coming up in March.

Joe played with his group the Mescaleros in his last  years, and was more interested in the new album he was working on this month than the talk of a possible Clash reunion at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Dinner.

Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros at St. Ann'e Warehouse, Brooklyn, NY. April 5, 2002. © Bob Gruen / www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Joe Strummer, Jesse Malin & Ryan Adams, NYC - 2002

Joe was in New York in early November, 2002, where he’d come to tape a segment for VH1. One night I introduced him to Ryan Adams, and we had a drink with Ryan and Jesse Malin at the Cedar Bar.

(L-R) Joe Strummer, Jesse Malin, & Ryan Adams at Cedar Bar in NYC. November 4, 2002. © Bob Gruen / www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

The last time I saw Joe we went to eat at Clay, a great restaurant run by Edward Lee who cooks very tasty Asian delights and serves something called a 'Lychee Martini'. After a few of them Joe led a dance on the tables, above, with Chris LaSalle of Hellcat records, Linda Rowe, Edward, Jennifer Senger, my wife Elizabeth and Amy Wilder.

The last time I saw Joe we went to eat at Clay, a great restaurant run by Edward Lee who cooks very tasty Asian delights and serves something called a ‘Lychee Martini’. After a few of them Joe led a dance on the tables, above, with Chris LaSalle of Hellcat records, Linda Rowe, Edward, Jennifer Senger, my wife Elizabeth and Amy Wilder.

(L-R) Joe Strummer, Chris LaSalle, Linda Rowe, Edward Lee, Jennifer Senger, Elizabeth Greggory- Gruen & Amy Wilder at Clay in NYC. November 2002. © Bob Gruen / www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Joe Strummer NYC 1978.

Joe Strummer, NYC - 1978
Joe Strummer NYC 1978.
Joe Strummer NYC 1978 – Joe left a long shadow for us all to follow.

Joe Strummer of The Clash walking away at The San Gennaro Festival, NYC. September 1978. © Bob Gruen / www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com Image #: R-368