Following a Facebook petition that garnered over 2,000 signatures, city officials in Granada, Spain have been swayed to name a plaza after former Clash frontman Joe Strummer. The campaign was started by a neighborhood association and gained some support from a few political parties.
“It was a popular movement,” Granada City Council member Daniel Galan told the BBC. “It is very well known the connection between Joe and the city and people still remember him. There were some people who were friends with him and came here and [now] live here.” The Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party supported the name change to Plaza de Joe Strummer, with a spokesman saying the iconic punk rocker embodied the “atmosphere of youth, rebellion, night and rock.”
Strummer, who passed away in 2002 from an undiagnosed congenital heart defect, frequented the city of Granada, having made his first visit with Spanish girlfriend Paloma Romero (who would later drum for The Slits and The Raincoats under the pseudonym Palmolive). Strummer mentions Granada on the song “Spanish Bombs” from The Clash’s London Calling LP when he sings “Spanish songs in Granada, oh mi corazon (oh my heart).” Strummer also produced local Granada band 091’s second album Más de cien lobos (1986) after hearing them on a jukebox in a bar.
–E.J. Judge, WCBS-FM/NYC
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