British punk rock, in its 1970s heyday, had no shortage of great frontmen. Yet of all the icons from that period The Clash’s Joe Strummer was arguably the most gifted songwriter, charismatic performer and articulate frontman.
Renowned for his lyrical raison d'être of ‘write about what you know’, Strummer’s politically-charged songs about everyday life in Britain inspired a generation of young rebels and have a huge influence on rock and indie music to this day. His death of a heart attack in 2002 (at the age of 50) was a sad moment for music.
Listen: The Clash - White Man (In Hammersmith Palais)