24 Aug, 2021 @ 11:47
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The Clash: How UK rock legend Joe Strummer has a plaza in Spain’s Granada named after him

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PUNK legend Joe Strummer has a square named after him in Granada, following a campaign by local residents.

More than 2,000 residents of Granada, where The Clash front man became a frequent visitor, signed a petition calling for him to be honoured.

The singer’s widow, Lucinda, and daugther, Lola, unveiled the Plaza de Joe Strummer at a ceremony in 2015.

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Strummer, who name-checked the city in legendary London Calling album track Spanish Bombs, died of a heart attack at the age of 50 in 2002.

The Olive Press first reported the story in 2011 and joined scores of fans and city leaders in Granada in the campaign to honour the musician.

The local hero first went to the city in the 1970s with Spanish girlfriend, and drummer of the all female punk band the Slits, Paloma Romero.

He later had a holiday home in Cabo de Gata in Almeria and became involved in local group, 091.

Daniel Galan from Granada City Council said: “The initiative came from a neighbourhood association, backed by some political parties and was approved.

“It was a popular movement. It is very well known the connection between Joe and the city and people still remember him.”

He added: “He loved Granada, he loved the whole of Spain but he had a very good connection with Granada because he was friends with 091.”

The city of Granada has since been a melting pot of alternative music, with hundreds of local bands citing 091 and Strummer as influences.

A version of this article was first published in The Olive Press in 2015

Jon Clarke (Publisher & Editor)

Jon Clarke is a Londoner who worked at the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday as an investigative journalist before moving permanently to Spain in 2003 where he helped set up the Olive Press. He is the author of three books; Costa Killer, Dining Secrets of Andalucia and My Search for Madeleine.

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  1. This man made beautiful music and this is the least he deserves. I generally get a bit moist in the eyes listening to the Redemption song and that is what happened yesterday. Strangely, the next track on the list by Pretty Lights cheered me up a bit.


    Good on you Joe!!

  2. @ Lenox, such a frenzied and colorful track. Spanish music is always so endearing to hear!

    @ Franco – Your track is more on the modern side but enjoyable nonetheless. Thanks for sharing.

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