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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.

 

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)

Clash at the ICA London 1976

Joe '77

Joe '77

The Clash were the most powerful and meaningful band I've worked with. Above, live in Boston in '79

 

The Clash '79

Andy Warhol & Joe '79

 

David Johansen & Debbie Harry '79

Joe on tourbus '79

Joe on plane '80

Joe on top of New York City, June 1981.

Joe '81

The Clash '82

Allen Ginsberg & Joe '82

Joe '85

Joe '86

Joe '85

Joe '85

Joe '86

Joe '86

Joe '86

Joe '89

Joe '89

Josh Cheuse, Joe & Matt Dillon. '91

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Joe under the Brooklyn Bridge - April '99

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2001

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

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

April 2002

 

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 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.

 

 

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.

Joe Strumme NYC '78

 

 
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