Strummer was a rock ‘n roll hero tailor-made for a sinner like me.
“The toughest thing is facing yourself. Being honest with yourself, that’s much tougher than beating someone up. That’s what I call tough.”
“When you blame yourself, you learn from it. If you blame someone else, you don’t learn nothing…”
“I’d define it as self-awareness: an ability to trust your own judgment. An ability to see through veils of bullshit or spins on stories or propaganda. Maybe an ability to think for yourself.”
Joe Strummer – August 21, 1952 – December 22, 2002
Check out Jail Guitar Doors, an organization created “in the spirit of justice and public service” to honor the life of Joe Strummer, to bring music and other educational and vocational programs to inmates, and to raise awareness for prison reform issues.