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Blue plaque to be placed on former Joe Strummer squat

By | Published on Tuesday 6 December 2016

Joe Strummer

One of those blue plaques will be placed on a house in Camden tomorrow to acknowledge that Clash frontman Joe Strummer squatted there in the late 1970s.

Commenting on the news, Clash associate Don Letts says: “Strummer didn’t need nor did he seek society’s blessing – this comes live and direct from the people!”

London’s new Night Czar Amy Lamé, who will attend tomorrow’s ceremony, adds: “I was incredibly proud to be announced as London’s first Night Czar at the historic 100 Club last month. It was one of my proudest moments for so many reasons, including being on the same stage made famous by The Clash and other legendary bands”.

She continued: “I’m delighted to see one of my heroes honoured in this way and it’s a reminder that Joe Strummer’s influence is still shaping peoples’ lives. I can see punk’s do-it-yourself attitude in London’s pop-up restaurants, clubs and of course in the music venues that stage new bands and artists every night”.

Now separated into flats, Strummer lived at 33 Daventry Street in 1978 and 1979, writing songs that would appear on the band’s ‘London Calling’ album.