Joe Strummer Letter Praises Bruce Springsteen

08/25/2011
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(rock nyc) In the wake of celebrating Joe Strummer's birthday on Sunday rock nyc came upon a letter written by the late great musician as he was asked for his opinion about Bruce Springsteen in 1997 for a TV project ('Bruce Springsteen: A Secret History', broadcasted in 1998 on British television).

Strummer sent this fax to Mark Hagen with the heartfelt and funny declaration: 'Bruce is great … if you don't agree with that, you're a pretentious Martian from Venus!' And when Emily Eavis, the Glastonbury festival organizer, wanted to persuade Springsteen to appear, she got a little help from Strummer: 'I did an eight-page document about the festival for Bruce with quotes from Joe included, I've never done anything like that for anyone before. It's going to be an amazing couple of hours.'

Springsteen of course returned the compliment, saying during a 2008 concert that Strummer was 'one of the greatest rockers of all time', and doing his version of 'I Fought the Law',… In 2009, he covered 'Coma Girl' at the Glastonbury festival, and has also played 'London Calling' numerous times…. more on this story

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