Paul Simonon reveals prison stint for Greenpeace

By | Published on Wednesday 16 November 2011

Paul Simonon

Former Clash bassist Paul Simonon has revealed that he recently spent some time in prison in Greenland after being caught during a raid on an oil rig with a group of Greenpeace campaigners.

Joining the crew of the group’s ship Esperanza, Simonon used a pseudonym so that he wouldn’t receive any special treatment and became the assistant cook for the duration of the mission. He then volunteered to climb on board the Leiv Eriksson oil rig with seventeen other activists as part of an ongoing campaign demanding that companies stop Arctic oil drilling.

Arrested, Simonon and the other campaigners spent two weeks in jail, during which time the musician decorated the cell with some of his own artwork and convinced guards to let him cook for his cellmates.

Find out more about Paul Simonon’s time with Greenpeace in this video: