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Remembering Joe Strummer [VIDEO]

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Former Clash guitarist Joe Strummer would have turned 60 this week and to celebrate, a new 57 track digital album is being released in his honor.

Joe Strummer and The Mescaleros: The Hellcat Years will include include every single song that the group released on their three studio albums, plus rare live recordings and unreleased B-sides.

The live recordings were taken from a benefit concert in 2002 that The Mescaleros performed to help out the Fire Brigades Union, who were on strike at the time. Joe’s former Clash band mate Mick Jones showed up at the concert and played a few songs with the group. That was the last time Joe and Mick ever performed together as Joe passed away just a few weeks later due to an undiagnosed heart defect.

The album, Joe Strummer and The Mescaleros: The Hellcat Years is now available for download through iTunes.

Of course, to Joe’s mum, he will always be John Graham Mellor, but the world is remembering him today as Joe Strummer who had the best name ever for a guitarist. Not only was he the charismatic guitar player for The Clash, The Mescaleros and The Pogues, but he also composed the score for Sid & Nancy and worked on a number of other projects with the likes of Bono, Johnny Cash and Jimmy Cliff. Little known fact: Joe Strummer was also a radio broadcaster!

If you are a fan of Johnny Cash, The Clash or Bob Marley, this is the Johnny Cash and Joe Strummer version of Bob Marley’s Redemption Song. It gives me chills.

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