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Joe Strummer was a British singer, songwriter and guitarist best known as the co-founder and member of the punk rock band The Clash.
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They signed with Mercury Records and released an album called Rock Art and the X-Ray Style. In 2001, the group signed with Hellcat Records, a punk label from California, and released the band's second album, Global A Go-Go. The band toured and garnered a devoted following of both old and new fans.
Shortly before what became his final performance in London, Strummer and U2's Bono wrote a song called "46664" for Nelson Mandela as part of a campaign against AIDS. Joe Strummer suffered a heart attack and died on December 22, 2002, at his home in Somerset, England. He was 50 years old. His final album Streetcore was released posthumously. It features a tribute to American music icon Johnny Cash—"Long Shadow," and a cover of Bob Marley's "Redemption Song." The Clash were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003. A documentary film by Juien Temple called Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten premiered in January 2007.
Strummer was married twice. The first marriage was to Pamela Moolman. The marriage of convenience allowed Moolman to obtain British citizenship and financed the purchase of his signature Fender Telecaster guitar. He was in a relationship with Gaby Salter for 14 years, and with whom he had two daughters, Jazz and Lola. The couple never married. Strummer married Lucinda Tait in 1995. After his death, his family and friends created the Strummerville Foundation for the promotion of new music. Besides influencing countless rock and punk bands that followed The Clash, another legacy Strummer left behind is Future Forests, an organization dedicated to fighting global warming by planting trees.
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