Acoustic,  Punk

Joe Strummer Acoustic in 1999

It’s necessary here on Ickmusic to periodically post about the late great Joe Strummer. Today, my friends, a treat. This is an afternoon in-store appearance in Portland, Oregon back in November of 1999. Joe’s first Mescaleros album, Rock Art & the X Ray Style, had just been released weeks earlier. From Black Market Clash, a cool site covering all of the Clash / Joe Strummer bootlegs….

The acoustic session is awesome as Joe plays ad lib with funny and made up lyrics ad lib. The sound is excellent also. A direct to DAT mono recording, Joe played in front of around 100 people with a punk circle singing behind Joe and a drummer named Matthew from the local band “Roe” seated with his hands on his legs and stamping on the stage. 4.30pm.

Not sure which store this short set takes place in (maybe someone out there wants to fill me in?), but the vibe sure is loose and relaxed, and like the blurb above says, the sound is pristine. Take a listen to the late, the great, the incomparable Joe Strummer.

Joe Strummer
November 2, 1999
Portland, Oregon USA

Download the ZIP (mp3s)

Junco Partner
X-Ray Style
Island Hopping
The Road to Rock and Roll
Trash City

Buy Rock Art & the X-Ray Style :

rock art


  • Pete

    Anonymous said……
    “Please fix the Joe Strummer links–so tempting but they cut out mid download…”

    Don’t know what to tell ya Anon, they work for me. Anybody else having problems?

    Thanks for the name of the probable record store Winston.

  • jonesey

    Thanks for this post, I too miss Joe. My biggest mistake was to dismiss Strummer upon release of Cut the Crap, one of the worst albums I have ever suffered through. I thought to myself, well Stummer isn’t all that without t Mick or another clash mate. But I was wrong, dead wrong. I took a while to even pick up one of his solo albums, but once I reconnected, I realized what I had missed. His death floored me. What a loss, we can use him now.
    Funny I see him stepping up to this madness, like Neil Young has had to. Where is the spine from this generation?

  • Jeffro

    Hello, anyone home? It would be splendid if you could repost these tracks! I can confirm it is indeed Music Millennium in Portland where this instore took place. Thanks. Please contact me directly if you don’t wish to repost them here for any reason! sensofwndr AT aol DOT com

  • Steve

    Hi everyone, I was the engineer and recorded the show in 1999 at the downtown location of Music Millennium in Portland Oregon.

    My copies had disappeared, and I am so incredibly grateful to have come across this show again. The stories Joe tells during Junco are incredible memories. I hope many people have heard this incredible day of music we all love.

    Here’s to Joe!

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