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SPANISH CITY NAMES PLAZA IN HONOR OF JOE STRUMMER…


Officials in the Spanish of Granada have agreed to re-name a local square Plaza de Joe Strummer after the late Clash frontman, following a successful Facebook campaign. Strummer was a frequent visitor to Granada, and name-checked the song in The Clash’s “Spanish Bombs.” Via BBC:

The singer first went to the city in the 1970s with Spanish girlfriend Paloma Romero, who went on to drum for punk girl group The Slits under the alias Palmolive.

He later became involved with local band 091 – who he first heard on a jukebox in a bar – going on to produce an album for them in Madrid.

Daniel Galan from the Granada City Council told the BBC: “The initiative came from a neighbourhood association, backed by some political parties and was approved.

“It was a popular movement. It is very well known the connection between Joe and the city and people still remember him. There were some people who were friends with him and came here and (now) live here.

The move was backed by the Spanish Socialist Workers Party.