Strummer's posthumous album is launched

Friends and family toasted the late punk pioneer Joe Strummer – an icon for a generation – at the launch of his posthumous album.

Friends and family toasted the late punk pioneer Joe Strummer – an icon for a generation – at the launch of his posthumous album.

His former bandmate in The Clash, Mick Jones, was among guests at the event in London to mark the release of Strummer’s final album Streetcore.

Artist Damien Hirst, a friend of Strummer, allowed his latest exhibition at London’s White Cube Gallery to be used as the venue for last night’s party.

The musician, renowned for putting politics back into rock music, died in December of last year at the age of 50 following a heart attack.

Guests at the party included actor Keith Allen, comic actor Paul Kaye, actress Sadie Frost and her former husband, ex-Spandau Ballet star Gary Kemp.

Members of reggae band UB40 also attended, as did photographer Pennie Smith, famed for her striking cover shot for the band’s London Calling album, which was recently named the greatest rock photo of all time.

Strummer’s widow Lucy and the couple’s children attended the party, which also saw the launch of the Strummerville charity which promotes new music.

It aims to aid youth groups, organisations and individuals to buy instruments, studio and rehearsal time.

Streetcore is released on October 20, and a single Coma Girl is out this week.

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