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The Xtra Diary: At the epicentre of punk, a plaque for Strummer squat

Joe Strummer

The legendary Joe Strummer in 1999 and, below, Murad Qureshi

Murad Qureshi

Published: 2 December, 2016

AS part of a year-long festival commemorating 40 years of punk, a plaque is being unveiled on a former “squatting location” of Joe Strummer.

Seymour Housing Co-op is unveiling the blue plaque at the site of the squat in Daventry Street, Lisson Grove. The 101ers and The Clash singer, who died in 2002, lived there in one of his most creative phases, in 1978 and 1979.

Murad Qureshi, a former London Assembly Member who lived in Daventry Street, has been stunned to discover one of his musical heroes lived in the same street as him. 

He told Diary: “It’s incredible to know that one of the icons of Punk Rock – Joe Strummer – lived in a squat along our street when he and the Clash were holding huge gigs in the UK, Europe and US. 

“I’m really proud to see the acknowledgement of how this enclave of Marylebone [Bell Street/Church Street] was a sanctuary to punk rock when it needed space to flourish, showing the importance of providing creative spaces still in central London.”

Organisers say the “area of Bell Street” is now being acknowledged as an epicentre of London’s punk scene. 

The Clash famously used the Edgware Road Ice Cream parlour as their office. 

Clash guitarist Mick Jones lived down the Harrow Road, in Royal Oak looking 18 storeys high over the Westway.

The unveiling will take place at 1pm on December 7, on the anniversary of the release of The Clash’s London Calling single.

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