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Also Known As: John Mellor Died: December 22, 2002
Born: Cause of Death: heart attack
Birth Place: Ankara, TR Profession: songwriter, musician, composer, actor

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Founding member, lead singer and key lyricist for seminal political punk rock group The Clash. A gifted songwriter (particularly in tandem with The Clash's Mick Jones), Strummer moved from subway busker to pub-rocker (e.g. his first group The 101'ers), and like so many others of his generation, discovered punk rock after seeing The Sex Pistols. He immediately formed The Clash, and within a year the group had carved out its place as "the only been that matters," a quote referring to their seemingly concrete political commitment.

Founding member, lead singer and key lyricist for seminal political punk rock group The Clash. A gifted songwriter (particularly in tandem with The Clash's Mick Jones), Strummer moved from subway busker to pub-rocker (e.g. his first group The 101'ers), and like so many others of his generation, discovered punk rock after seeing The Sex Pistols. He immediately formed The Clash, and within a year the group had carved out its place as "the only been that matters," a quote referring to their seemingly concrete political commitment.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Strummerville (2010)
3.
 Glastonbury (2006)
4.
 Let's Rock Again! (2004) Himself
6.
 Super 8 Stories (2001)
7.
 Doctor Chance (1997) Vince Taylor
8.
 Punk (1995) Himself
9.
 Alex (1993)
10.
 I Hired a Contract Killer (1990) Guitarist
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1974:
Formed rock band, The 101'ers (which included Keith Levene); single "Keys to Your Heart" eventually recorded and released
1976:
Co-founded punk rock band The Clash with Keith Levene, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon and Tory Crimes (Terry Chimes), all inspired after experiencing seminal punk band The Sex Pistols
1976:
(Summer) first Clash shows as opening act for Sex Pistols; after Levene left, group opened for Pistols's "Anarchy in the UK" tour as a quartet
1977:
(February) Clash signed to five-album deal with CBS records; (March) debut self-titled album released (this album sold over 100,000 import copies in US, making it the then biggest selling import of all-time; it was eventually released in a less "crude" version in the US in 1979, following the critical acclaim of their "London Calling" L.P.)
1977:
First headlining UK tour, "The 'White Riot' tour" (after current hit single)
1980:
Strummer and The Clash featured in quasi-documentary feature, "Rude Boy"
1987:
First original film scoring (songs) for "Sid and Nancy"
1987:
First lead acting role in "Straight to Hell"
1989:
First original film scoring (instrumental) for "Walker"
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Notes

Strummer earned this moniker due to his playing the eukelele in the London tube stations as a youth.

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