Joe Strummer Remembered

Joe Strummer, Clash, 16 Tons Tour England, June 1980. Incredible. Jenny Lens MFA

Joe Strummer, Clash, 16 Tons Tour England, June 1980. Incredible!!! Jenny Lens, MFA.

IN memory of the BEST freakin’ band I ever saw or shot, pls check out a tiny fraction of my many thousands of Clash photos. Plus other pages, all listed on that page. I can’t begin to list all my fave Clash songs. I think “I’m so bored with the USA” is top of the list. What say YOU?

Still stunned we lost Joe Strummer, December 22, 2002. 8 years ago today. So young. So unfair.

Random thoughts from my various Facebook postings/comments:

Hey Jenny – just have your link copied in my computer and was just going to pop it on my facebook account – prepare to blush – amazing photographer who always catches the essence and passion of the moment – much respect. Thank you Jenny x

Mark Cranfield: Oh, I am smiling, and how do you know I really do blush! THANKS for your kind words. “Essence and passion of the moment.” You TRULY describe not only my photos, but my being. So many have said this. Makes all the hard work and sacrifices worth it! Merci!! Happy Holidaze. AND we must remember, I had help: THE BEST ppl to photograph!!

The MOST EXCITING, MEMORABLE shows I ever shot were the CLASH!!! OMG, my live shots from England, June 1980, and in CA Feb 79, Oct 79 and March 80. OMG! I wish I had time and money to just scan and post. I have THOUSANDS of shots. Some make me faint they are so amazing!!! I posted a few in some of my FB albums too.

OH, we really lost someone special when Joe Strummer left us. I start to shake just thinking about those Clash shows. I was soooo stunned I couldn’t talk to them. I hung out backstage.

ONE time, in England, I got a ride in their van. I was in front seat, Joe behind me. He was talking and I could barely contain myself. I NEVER had that reaction around other bands. I could ONLY shoot them live. Otherwise, I was in too much shock and awe!!

I was totally a mess around them. I was burned out by punk, strung out on speed, and they were GOD to me. It’s amazing I took so many STUNNING live shots. I could barely cope. Seriously! Last band I shot. First were the Ramones, Aug 76, last the Clash, July 1980. I cherish those memories. Esp live shows of both bands. But the Clash, OMG, cos I am sooo political. So I loved their passion, “fury of the hour,” words, and their great, great music. LONG LIVE JOE STRUMMER’s memory, music and lyrics. Thank you!

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