Firebrand. Songwriter. Punk.
Joe Strummer, the lead singer of the Clash, was as wild as he was talented. With his battered, sticker-plastered Telecaster and his jittery “electric leg,” Strummer dragged Britain into the punk era kicking and screaming—and that’s exactly how he’d wanted it. August 21, 1952, we take a look back at Strummer’s life in music.