Watch The Clash Play in Munich in 1977

Joe Strummer, cofounder of the Clash —"The Only Band that Matters" —was born today, August 21, 1952.

Strummer's maniac, aggressive and driving rhythm playing on his battered 1966 Fender Telecaster—which was later recognized with Fender Custom Shop and Artist Series models—always seemed to push the band into overdrive, even as they expanded and redefined their punk sound with elements of reggae, dub, rockabilly and ska.

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