For all the punks: Joe Strummer interview and obscure “London Calling” performance in honor of his 59th birthday

For all the punks: Joe Strummer interview and obscure “London Calling” performance in honor of his 59th birthday

Sunday’s are generally pretty slow in the world of punk rock news, but this Sunday happens to be Joe Strummer’s birthday. The leader of The Clash (and the vastly under-rated Mescaleros) would have turned 59 years old today.

In honor of the occasion, we’ve stumbled upon a decade-old interview with Strummer from Punk Magazine. The interview was conducted by a Strummer fan-girl, but it’s actually very well written and insightful. They cover a wide range of topics, from what exactly happened to the Clash, what it was like to play Clash songs with the Mescaleros, Strummer’s movie career, and why exactly the Brits have such screwed up teeth. Check it out here.

Additionally, here’s a pretty obscure live performance of Joe Strummer playing “London Calling” during his brief stint as frontman for seminal Celtic punks The Pogues. Enjoy.

Happy birthday, Joe!

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