Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Tom Morello remembers Joe Strummer...
There would be no Rage without the Clash

"Joe Strummer was my greatest inspiration, my favorite singer of all time, and my hero."

Those were the words written by Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello after the death of Clash frontman Joe Strummer on Dec. 22, 2002 (pictured above, right). Seven years later, as a testament to not only one of the most influential players in the history of punk rock, but also one of the most renowned forces in music, I'd like to share more of Morello's stirring tribute.

While many of today's younger music fans may not remember or know the Clash, they surely know Rage Against The Machine - rest assured, as Morello recalls, there would be no Rage without the Clash, who he was introduced to while working at his high school newspaper...

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Paul Gargano is the National Music Examiner for eXaminer.com.
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