Warner/Chappell Signs Joe Strummer Solo Catalog


Warner/Chappell has picked up the solo catalog rights of legendary Clash frontman Joe Strummer. Terms weren’t disclosed for the deal, which covers a whole bunch of songs and quite a lot of studio albums courting from the 1970s to the songwriter's demise in 2002.

Notable releases attained by the writer embrace all three Mescaleros' albums — 1999's Rock Art And The X-ray Style, 2001's Global A Go-Go and 2003's posthumous Streetcore — in addition to Strummer's contributions to the soundtracks for the flicks Sid and Nancy, Walker and Straight to Hell.

The deal additionally covers Strummer's works on the sixth and ultimate Clash album, Cut The Crap, recorded after drummer Topper Headon and guitarist Mick Jones had been fired from the band and initially launched in 1985.

Warner/Chappell moreover purchase the rights to quite a lot of songs written and recorded by Strummer throughout his time in The 101ers — the London-based rock band he led previous to forming The Clash in 1976. Some of that early materials is included on the brand new double album compilation Joe Strummer 001, launched later this month, which collects collectively beforehand unreleased materials, demos, uncommon collaborations and fan favourites spanning the artist's solo profession.

The album has been produced by Robert Gordon McHarg III, who labored alongside Strummer's widow Lucinda Tait in sifting by means of the singer's archive to seek out unearthed gems. Before he died, Strummer had already put collectively an in depth library of his personal work — saved in his backyard — containing greater than 20,000 gadgets, together with writings and numerous recordings. Joe Strummer 001 is the primary of a number of deliberate releases from that archive.

"It's actually nice to know that Joe's music is being given a brand new lease of life," mentioned Tait. "I’m utterly thrilled with the brand new album; and really comfortable that Mike Smith and his group at Warner/Chappell will probably be there, with their experience, to make sure that Joe's songs are given the eye that they demand and can stay on," she mentioned in a press release.

"Joe Strummer is a private hero of mine," added Warner/Chappell Music UK managing director Mike Smith, calling it an "honour to be entrusted together with his legacy."

"His songwriting with The Clash outlined a technology," eulogized Smith. "The musical panorama has by no means been the identical. Joe repeatedly reinvented himself all through his profession. His songwriting throughout his solo years and with The Mescaleros was always pushing boundaries and elevating the bar. I’m excited to know that we’ll be representing Joe's unimaginable music at Warner/Chappell."