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Thursday, 19th Apr 2012
Earlier this year we mentioned Strummerville, a Foundation set up by the family and friends of Clash frontman Joe Strummer after he sadly passed away in 2002. Since its launch, Strummerville has helped up and coming musicians up and down the country gain access to musical and recording equipment to nurture and develop new talent that may have gone unnoticed without a little extra help. This year, the Foundation will commemorate the ten year anniversary since Joe's death with a 'Strummer of Love' 3 day music festival in Somerset.
The initial line-up has been released, and features a great mix of new and established talent. The Pogues and Badly Drawn Boy have been confirmed as headliners, with performers ranging from Billy Bragg to David Rodigan in close support. Fred Perry collaborator Don Letts will feature at the event, as will Subculture favourites Dog is Dead. Ticket sales from the event will benefit the Strummerville Foundation.
Thursday, 12th Jan 2012
2012 marks ten years since the death of Joe Strummer; musical icon and frontman of highly influential band The Clash. Determined to put the artist's legacy to good use, Joe's friends and family created the charity 'Strummerville - The Joe Strummer Foundation for New Music' to help aspiring musicians make themselves heard. The charity has already enjoyed huge success stories in the shape of Mumford & Sons who have gone to conquer America, and singer Anna Calvi who has been nominated for a Mercury Music Prize.
Long term friend and Fred Perry collaborator Don Letts has been in close support of the cause; creating a film about the project and acting as a continual supporter. Don sums up the importance of the project as: "In a cultural climate that feels like punk never happened the likes of Strummer are truly missed. Who speaks for you now?" Damien Hirst is also a trustee, donating several pieces of work to raise funds for the cause.
The foundation has taken a broad approach to it's mission, supplying everything from £1 studio sessions to support for former pirate radio station Rinse FM. Rinse is now a not-for-profit Community Radio station who have been helped by the foundation to set up the 'Rinse Academy' at their studios in East London. Here their fiercely grass-roots broadcasting ethos is used to engage under-represented communities and in particular, 15-24 year olds.