Warner/Chappell Signs Joe Strummer Solo Catalog

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Joe Strummer photographed in London on April 4, 2000. 

Warner/Chappell has picked up the solo catalog rights of legendary Clash frontman Joe Strummer. Terms were not disclosed for the deal, which covers hundreds of songs and a number of studio albums dating from the 1970s to the songwriter's death in 2002.

Notable releases attained by the publisher include all three Mescaleros' albums -- 1999's Rock Art And The X-ray Style, 2001's Global A Go-Go and 2003's posthumous Streetcore -- as well as Strummer's contributions to the soundtracks for the movies Sid and Nancy, Walker and Straight to Hell.

The deal also covers Strummer's works on the sixth and final Clash album, Cut The Crap, recorded after drummer Topper Headon and guitarist Mick Jones had been fired from the band and originally released in 1985.

Warner/Chappell additionally acquire the rights to a number of songs written and recorded by Strummer during his time in The 101ers -- the London-based rock band he led prior to forming The Clash in 1976. Some of that early material is included on the new double album compilation Joe Strummer 001, released later this month, which collects together previously unreleased material, demos, rare collaborations and fan favourites spanning the artist's solo career.

The album has been produced by Robert Gordon McHarg III, who worked alongside Strummer's widow Lucinda Tait in sifting through the singer's archive to find unearthed gems. Before he died, Strummer had already put together a detailed library of his own work -- stored in his garden -- containing more than 20,000 items, including writings and a large number of recordings. Joe Strummer 001 is the first of several planned releases from that archive.

"It's really great to know that Joe's music is being given a new lease of life," said Tait. "I am completely thrilled with the new album; and very happy that Mike Smith and his team at Warner/Chappell will be there, with their expertise, to ensure that Joe's songs are given the attention that they demand and will live on," she said in a statement.

"Joe Strummer is a personal hero of mine," added Warner/Chappell Music UK managing director Mike Smith, calling it an "honour to be entrusted with his legacy."

"His songwriting with The Clash defined a generation," eulogized Smith. "The musical landscape has never been the same. Joe continuously reinvented himself throughout his career. His songwriting during his solo years and with The Mescaleros was constantly pushing boundaries and raising the bar. I am excited to know that we will be representing Joe's incredible music at Warner/Chappell."