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    Joe Strummer

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    (John Graham Mellor)
    August 21, 1952 – December 22, 2002

    We're not saying that Jews invented punk rock, but...

    What are the two greatest punk bands in history? If you said The Ramones and The Clash, then you're agreeing with Rolling Stone's assessment. And who made up the Ramones and the Clash?

    Two of the Ramones (Joey and Tommy) were clearly Jewish. So were three of the Clash's five, founding members: Keith Levene, previously-profiled Mick Jones, as well as frontman Joe Strummer. (Born John Mellor, in Turkey, of all places, his Jewishness came from a great-grandmother.)

    So whether you hear London Calling or are trying to Rock the Casbah, causing a White Riot or going Straight to Hell...

    Jews might not have invented punk rock, but they did perfect it.

    Verdict: Barely a Jew.

    July 15, 2020

    See Also

    Richard Hell

    Mick Jones

    Iggy Pop

    Joey Ramone

    Lou Reed
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