Joe Strummer. Not just an icon in British punk, but an icon in British subculture. The Clash and its frontman were at the forefront of one of the most influential movements of the decade and Strummer’s charismatic performances and politically-charged lyrics bulldozed his path onto the rock and roll hall of fame. Sixteen years after his death, the singer’s legacy remains stronger than ever.
To coincide with the release of ‘Joe Strummer 001', we’ve got something very special lined up. An exclusive exhibition of Joe Strummer’s personal archive, on show, for two weeks. We really are not worthy.
Passionate about keeping his own work, Strummer left an archive of over 20,000 items, including lyrics, set lists and notebooks, artwork, photographs and audio recordings; as well as instruments, clothing and studio equipment.
We’ve worked with the Creative Director of The Joe Strummer Archive, Robert Gordon McHarg III to curate an exhibition of this treasure trove, which will be displayed at our very own Henrietta Street shop. From the 29th of September, the basement of Fred Perry Covent Garden will be transformed into an exhibition space and a display of never-seen-before possessions.
The exhibition celebrates the release of ‘Joe Strummer 001’ - the first comprehensive compilation of Strummer’s work outside of The Clash. Thirty-two songs are taken from his catalogue of work with The 101ers and The Mescaleros, as well as his solo albums and soundtracks. Plus 12 previously unreleased songs. You can read more about it here.
You don’t need another reason to visit. But we’ve got one. Limited edition patches have been designed exclusively for the exhibition. Made with the help of Gordon, each design has a unique story to tell.
29th September – 14th October
Monday – Saturday: 10:00 – 19:00
Sunday: 11:00 – 17:00
Supported by Ignition Records, Casbah Productions, Warner/Chappell Music.