Spanish city names landmark ‘Plaza de Joe Strummer’

Joe Strummers love of Spanish city Granada is well known, his links to the city stretched back to the mid 70’s when he first visited with his then girlfriend Paloma Romero, herself a Spanish national – Joe also became friendly with local band 091 and went on to produce one of their albums, and he name checked the location in the Clash song ‘Spanish Bombs’ from the ‘London Calling’ album, singing, “Spanish songs in Granada, oh ma corazón.”

Well now the residents have shown their own respect for Joe by re-naming the town square ‘Plaza de Joe Strummer’

It all came about when some residents of Granada wanted a local square to be dedicated to the musician. They took their campaign to Facebook, and launched a petition to try and make it happen. The online petition to honour him rapidly gained in excess 2,000 signatures. This overwhelming display of support forced local City officials to give in and rename a square ‘Plaza de Joe Strummer’.

The news was initially broken by the BBC “It was a popular movement. It is very well-known the connection between Joe and the city, and people still remember him” Daniel Galan of the Granada city council told the BBC. “Joe Strummer loved Granada; he loved the whole of Spain

The local Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE) also supported the campaign to honour Joe. A spokesman told the BBC that Strummer helped earn the city international recognition and that he embodied the “atmosphere of youth, rebellion, right and rock

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Phil Newall is from The Wirral - he earns his living not writing about music nor playing music...though sorely wishes he could. He was fortunate enough to see many of the first generation punk bands when they played the U18's matinee shows at Eric's, Liverpool. As an attendee at Eric's he was exposed to punk rock, dub reggae, art rock, and all manner of weirdness; as a customer at Probe Records he was variously served and scowled at by Pete Wylie and Pete Burns - he has written for Record Collector, Whisperin & Hollerin, and Spiral Scratch and wanted to write a book detailing the Liverpool punk scene; however with 'Head-On' Julian Cope beat him to it...and frankly did a much better job.


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