Shepard Fairey, like many of us, is a huge music fan. UNLIKE many of us he is also an extremely gifted artist who can create “awesome” at the drop of a hat. Such is the case with today’s release of his Clash inspired print titled, “Strummerville.”
As the name suggests the print focuses on The Clash’s iconic front man Joe Strummer. Strummer was the British singer and songwriter who was the co-founder, lyricist, rhythm guitarist and lead vocalist of the legendary punk rock band The Clash. Their music helped define a generation and still resonates today, 28 years after the band finally broke up in 1986.
Here is what artist Shepard Fairey had to say about this project. The Clash are my all-time favorite band and their frontman, Joe Strummer, is a hero of mine for his music, lyrics, wit, compassion for the underdog, and stance against injustice. Joe’s widow Lucinda approached me about creating an image of Joe to help raise funds for Strummerville, the charity set up to honor and fulfill Joe’s belief that music can inspire and empower.
Strummerville provides opportunities for musicians around the globe. I was incredibly honored that Lucinda asked me to be involved, and I was moved when she shared her opinion that Joe and I have similar philosophies. The print is a collaboration with photographer Kate Simon, who shot the first Clash cover. Please check out what Strummerville is about and show your support! Thanks for caring. -Shepard
18″ X 24″ screenprint
Signed and Numbered Edition of 450
STRUMMERVILLE: The Joe Strummer New Music Foundation. Set up by the friends and family of Joe Strummer in the year after his death, we seek to reflect Joe’s unique contribution to the music world by giving opportunities to aspiring musicians and support to projects that create social mobility through music.
We reach out to music projects around the globe, such as WAYout Project in Sierra Leone. We also work with bands and musicians here in the UK to help get their music recorded and we provide a platform for them to showcase their music. We also put on the odd gig or two here in London.
Recent projects have been to install a recording studio and provide instruments and training to WAYout project in Sierra Leone, set up a music room in Tilinanu, Malawi as well as rehearsal rooms in Belfast, London with more planned.
Shepard’s image is as identifiable as the band’s music and Joe Strummer’s contribution to music has influenced many of today’s artists and will continue to take me back to my youth as only great music can.
This incredible print will be AVAILABLE HERE on Tuesday, April 15th at 10 AM PST.