You’re still very much missed, Joe.

Today marks the 9-year anniversary of Joe Strummer’s death. I was a freshman in college, home from Christmas break, and punk rock was still very much the only music I listened to. When I heard the news, I spent the evening spinning Clash albums over and over again, especially the self-titled album and London Calling. The Clash is one of the few punk bands I still listen to quite often, and in a world where the gap between the rich in the poor is so huge and widening even more, I wish we had Strummer around, or at least someone like him, someone able to give an overview of social and political ills in a three-minute song.

Weeks before Strummer passed, Clash co-front man Mick Jones appeared on stage with him several times to rip through various Clash songs. Maybe it could have led to a full Clash reunion, or at least a chance for them to play together in early 2003 when the Clash were inducted into the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame. Sadly, we’ll never know.

RIP, Joe! You’re missed!


About Brian Fanelli

I'm a poet, teacher, music junkie and much more. My first chapbook of poems, Front Man, was published in 2010 by Big Table Publishing. My full-length book of poems, All That Remains, was published in 2013 by Unbound Content. My latest book, Waiting for the Dead to Speak, was published in the fall of 2016 by NYQ Books. My work has also been published by The Los Angeles Times, World Literature Today, Harpur Palate, Boston Literary Magazine, Kentucky Review, Verse Daily, Spillway, Portland Review, and several other publications. My poetry has also been featured on "The Writer's Almanac" with Garrison Keillor. Currently, I teach English full-time at Lackawanna College.
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