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This week's Music Monday is brought to us by Jetty Hall of Fam'r Jon Coen: "Let's face it. Most of the time, white people make reggae music lame. Every party with a summer theme, every dorm room wall, and every suburban kid who thinks he's a revolutionary because he smokes so much herb, waters down the music from the streets of Kingston. Punk rock has always had intimate ties with Jamaican music. Back in the 70s, clubs in England would often play reggae to punk crowds. Rasta DJ, Don Letts, was known to keep the punk rockers at bay by spinning beautiful reggae beats between bands. There was a common theme in a revolution of the mind. At the center of this juxtaposition was Joe Strummer of the Clash. Strummer had an affinity for world music, especially reggae. The Clash not only covered Jamaican music, but wrote their own reggae songs. The world lost Strummer late in 2002. The Clash was long gone, but Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros were still making amazing music. Strummer honored his long respect for the late Bob Marley by including "Redemption Song" on their Streetcore album. We never heard the track until after he passed. In 2003, graff artists, Dr. Revolt, created this mural to Strummer on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Thousand have paid tribute to Strummer here (check out the Rancid Punx at 2:00.) You may also notice Jim Jarmusch, Matt Dillon, and Steve Buschemi, all friends/fans of Strummer. This is classic." -Jon Coen
Joe Strummer -Redemption song by LostPirate77

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