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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.After a couple of critically lauded albums (especially 1979's "London Calling"), the group hit financial paydirt and, in the process of "selling out," broke up by 1983. Following the group's disbandment, Strummer turned to film in the late 80s, providing scores for a couple of Alex Cox films, as well as acting. Although he had earlier appeared in a quasi-documentary on The Clash ("Rude Boy" 1980), and took a lead role in Cox's very unserious romp "Straight to Hell" (1987), it was his stilted, though not entirely off the mark performance in Jim Jarmusch's "Mystery Train" (1989) which marked his dramatic acting debut.

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.

After a couple of critically lauded albums (especially 1979's "London Calling"), the group hit financial paydirt and, in the process of "selling out," broke up by 1983. Following the group's disbandment, Strummer turned to film in the late 80s, providing scores for a couple of Alex Cox films, as well as acting. Although he had earlier appeared in a quasi-documentary on The Clash ("Rude Boy" 1980), and took a lead role in Cox's very unserious romp "Straight to Hell" (1987), it was his stilted, though not entirely off the mark performance in Jim Jarmusch's "Mystery Train" (1989) which marked his dramatic acting debut.

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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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Milestones close milestones

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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