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Artist Damien Hirst Customizes Guitars to Commemorate Joe Strummer

Damien Hirst has created two new art pieces to help commemorate the ten-year anniversary of the death of Joe Strummer. The British artist has painted and modified a Fender Telecaster and an Eastwood acoustic in honor of the legendary former Clash frontman.


The guitars will be given away through an online public raffle, the proceeds of which will go to Strummerville: the Joe Strummer New Music Foundation. Strummerville is a charity foundation that offers support to aspiring musicians and projects aimed at bettering the world through music.


Both guitars are done in Hirst’s signature style with the Telecaster featuring colorful polka dots, and the Eastwood adorned with household gloss paint that’s been applied with a spin-painting technique.


The actual drawing for the winning ticket will be handled by Strummer’s former Clash bandmate Mick Jones, onstage at the Strummer of Love Festival. The festival, which takes place between August 17-19 in Somerset, UK, is set to be headlined by the Pogues with Badly Drawn Boy, Billy Bragg, and the Dub Pistols among the many other acts on the bill.


Tickets for the raffle and the Strummer of Love Festival can be purchased at the Strummerville website.


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