Keith Levene, guitarist and founder of The Clash, dies

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A liver cancer ends his life at the age of 65 at his home in Norfolk, England

Guitarist Keith Levene, founder of British group The Clash, has died of liver cancer at his home in Norfolk, England, aged 65. Born Julian Levene in London, he formed The Clash at the age of 18 with guitarist Mick Jones and bassist Paul Simonon, accompanied by the band’s manager, Bernard Rhodes, who asked singer Joe Strummer to join the group .

Strummer had just seen the Sex Pistols perform at the Nashville Rooms and convinced the rest that punk was the way to go, reports Europa Press. Levene stayed with The Clash long enough to appear at their first concerts and help spawn a number of famous songs, including “What’s My Name,” included on their debut album in 1977. With The Clash’s increasingly political drift, Levene decided to leave the group to leave. and had even more success with Public Image Ltd accompanied by John Lydon, lead singer of the Sex Pistols, where he used the name Johnny Rotten. Both laid the foundations of what later became known as post-punk.

“People thought he was classically trained, which was nonsense. I knew the E chord and ventured into E minor. We put the music on a platter for Lydon. He was very fashionable at the time and he did very well ,” Levene recounted his early days. The Quietus website wrote of him that “his guitar style occupies a space between angular wear and pop opulence.”

His partner, Kate Ransford; her sister, Jill Bennett; and her husband accompanied him in his last hours. He died “peacefully, calmly, comfortably and loved,” said the family, who have asked for privacy. “There’s no question that Keith was one of the most innovative, daring and influential guitarists of all time,” said author and composer Adam Hammond.

Source: La Verdad

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