Joe Strummer Caricature


Joe Strummer Caricature, shown here age 37 in London, England with his iconic 1966 Fender Telecaster.

John Graham Mellor (born in Ankara, Turkey, on August 21, 1952), known by his stage name Joe Strummer, was an English musician, singer, actor and songwriter who was the co-founder, lyricist, rhythm guitarist and lead vocalist of The Clash, a punk rock band formed in 1976 as part of the original wave of British punk.

Their second album, “Give ‘Em Enough Rope” (1978) reached number 2 on the UK charts. Soon after, they achieved success in the US, starting with “London Calling” (1979), and peaking with 1982’s “Combat Rock”, reaching number 7 on the US charts and being certified 2× platinum there. The Clash’s explosive political lyrics, eclectic musical experimentation, and rebellious attitude had a far-reaching influence on rock music in general, and alternative rock in particular. Their music incorporated reggae, ska, dub, funk, rap, and rockabilly.

The Clash had a number of hits: “White Man (In Hammersmith Palais)”, “Clampdown”, “London Calling”, “White Riot”, “Straight To Hell”, “The Magnificent Seven”, “Lost In The Supermarket”, “Should I Stay or Should I Go”, “Career Opportunities” and “Rock the Casbah”.

Strummer’s musical experience included stints with the 101ers, Latino Rockabilly War, the Mescaleros, and the Pogues, in addition to his own solo music career. His work as a musician allowed him to explore other interests, including acting, creating film scores for television and movies, songwriting, radio broadcasting, and a position as a radio host on a BBC show titled “London Calling”.

Strummer and the Clash were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in January 2003.

Joe Strummer’s battered 1966 Fender Telecaster is one of the principal guitars responsible for igniting the punk rock revolution during the mid to-late Seventies. It was his main instrument throughout his tenure with the Clash and his post-Clash solo career.

Strummer purchased the Tele used in 1975 with £120 he’d obtained in exchange for marrying South African national Pamela Moolman so she could become a British citizen. The instrument originally had a sunburst finish, but in 1976, just as the Clash were forming, Strummer took it to a car repair shop and had the body and pickguard sprayed with gray primer prior to applying a top coat of black automotive paint.

Strummer died suddenly on December 22, 2002 in his home at Broomfield in Somerset, the victim of an undiagnosed congenital heart defect. He was 50 years old.


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Archival Conservation Mat is included with your purchase. Mat is a high quality, 4 ply (1/16″) surround mat. These frame mats are acid-free & Lignin-free made with 100% virgin alpha-cellulose surface, core and backing papers. So your caricature with mat will fit into a standard comparable frame either “20” x 24″ or “16” x 20″ depending on the print size, (frame not included). Price also includes a Backer Board.

32″ x 40″ stretch canvas print is produced by Giclee printing process and are hand stretched over heavy duty American made white pine. The canvas print is varnished twice after printing. The canvas prints are ready to hang (complete with hanging wire).

Additional information

Weight .25 lbs
Dimensions 16 × 20 × .25 in
Print Size

32" x 40" Stretched Canvas Print $495, 20" x 24" Stretched Canvas Print $330, 11" x 14" Watercolor Print $95, 16" x 20" Watercolor Print $185