John Graham Mellor

(Joe Strummer)

21 August 1952 – 22 December 2002

     There is a fine line between Metal and Punk. I like some of the true Punk bands as much as I like Metal bands. One of the first Punk bands that caught my attention was the Clash. It was the late 70’s and I was a teenager and full of rebellion. The rawness and aggression of the Clash fed my teenage angst.

     The band continued to put out music that called to me and kept my rebellious spirit alive.

Years later as we grew up and matured (well sort of) I came to appreciate Joe as a musician and songwriter. His solo work and the stuff he did with The Latino Rockabilly War, and The Mescaleros, was amazing stuff.

     Joe was taken from us on December 22 2002 by an  undiagnosed congenital heart defect. Joe will always be missed by me, and his music will be forever in my ears. Thank you Joe.


the Hellion

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