Journal / Joe Stummer

joe strummer died today.
the last time that i saw joe was in los angeles.
we were dancing together in a nightclub and i kept rambling on about how important his music was to me. he had such a big heart and was withoutquestion one of the most important musicians of the last 50 years.
can you even imagine a world in which the clash hadn’t existed? the clash were one of those bands who were so amazing and so wonderful that people are often tempted to take them for granted. but it’s worth remembering that joe and the clash made music that was emotional and political and challenging and experimental and exciting and wonderful.

if i were to write his epitaph it would read:
‘here lies joe strummer, he was a compassionate and wonderful man, he wrote some of the most important music of the 20th century, and his presence here made the world a better place.’
thank you, joe, you will be sorely missed by all who knew you.