Joe Strummer

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Joe Strummer
Background information
Birth nameJohn Graham Mellor
Born(1952-08-21)21 August 1952
Ankara, Turkey
Died22 December 2002(2002-12-22) (aged 50)
Broomfield, Somerset, England
GenresPunk rock
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter, radio host, actor
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, piano, bass
Years active1973–2002
LabelsCBS, Sony, Hellcat, Mercury

John Graham Mellor (21 August 1952 – 22 December 2002), better known by his stage name, Joe Strummer, was the co-founder, lyricist, rhythm guitarist and lead vocalist of the British punk rock band The Clash.

He was also member of The 101ers, Latino Rockabilly War, The Mescaleros and The Pogues, in addition to his own solo music career. Strummer's work included acting, creating film scores, songwriting, radio broadcasting, and a position as a radio host. He is one of the most iconic figures of the British punk movement.

He died of heart disease at his home in Broomfield, Somerset, England.