Lead guitarist and songwriter for the punk band The Clash, which became known for songs like "London Calling" and "Rock the Casbah."
He always wanted to be in a band, but he thought the way to achieve it was going to music school so he attended Strand School.
He toured with the Gorillaz in 2010.
His mother was Russian-Jewish, and he had a profound dislike for the Nazi reference used by The Sex Pistols in their song "Belsen Was a Gas," which Sid Vicious wrote as a joke.
Joe Strummer was his bandmate in The Clash.