The 2014 Strummerville Print by Shepard Fairey was a 18 x 24 inch screen print that was sold as a signed and numbered edition of 450. This print was created to commemorate musician Joe Strummer and the Strummerville, the music enrichment project his friends and family in the years after his death set-up that give opportunities to aspiring musicians and support to projects that create social mobility through music.
In their own words: 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.
Using a photo by Kate Simon, Fairey created a monotone thick lined image of a standing Joe Strummer holding a electric guitar. The background is classic Fairey with Eastern inspired deep color and shapes including lightning bolts, stars, clouds and scrolling. Joe is wearing suspenders, a collared long sleeve shirt rolled up, pants, is clean cut with styled wavy hair.
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Joe Strummer was a powerful guitarist and musician.
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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