Joe Strummer, Boy George and me

Back in 1982 when I was covering rock’n’roll for The Aquarian, we decided to try for interviews with the biggest stars of the day, one of them Joe Strummer of the Clash.

Strummer’s publicist at Epic Records politely told me that Joe had taken some time off to go to France and write some new songs. But the publicist asked if I would be interested in speaking with one of Epic’s new and upcoming bands, a group called Culture Club with a flamboyant lead singer.

That’s how I became one of the first American journalists to interview Boy George – and it’s also why we made it a point to find Joe Strummer’s home while we were in Newport, Wales.

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