On Assembly, Joe Strummer’s untameable rock’n’roll spirit rears vividly back to life

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Joe Strummer’s sudden passing in December 2002 still hurts as the cruellest tragedy, robbing our culture of his incandescent spirit, Joe from realising his late-life Mescaleros masterpiece Streetcore, and much more for those who knew him. 

Although propelled to becoming a posthumous rebel icon alongside John Lennon and Bob Marley, Strummer’s solo endeavours have still been overshadowed by The Clash joining The Beatles and the Rolling Stones as relentlessly repackaged national treasures, bereft of worthwhile compilations until 2018’s rarities-stuffed Joe Strummer 001

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