In 2003 graffiti artists Zephyr and Dr. Revolt paid homage to Joe Strummer some months after his untimely passing in 2002 by painting a beloved mural of the Man, the Myth, the Camp Fire Enthusiast on the side of E. 7th and Ave. A corner bar Niagara. That mural is no more, gone after being power blasted out of existence this weekend, reports all-knowing LES blog EV Grieve. Over the years, the wall the mural lived on had fallen into disrepair, and residents of the building had been warned it would be removed before it could be fixed. There are rumors (hopes?) Niagara may commission Dr. Revolt to repaint Strummer after said repairs, EV reports. We’ve put a call in to the bar to confirm, and will update later with anything we might hear. In the meantime, maybe watch The Future Is Unwritten on Netflix Instant to help balance out the bad vibes. Strummer mural in all its former glory after the jump.
[Update: According to this tweet from Jesse Malin, Joe will be back in a few weeks.]
Joe Will be back on the niagara ( east 7 th st.wall) in the EV NYC . In a few weeks Rastas ! pic.twitter.com/iIBKJL6QGx
— Jesse Malin (@jesse_malin) August 20, 2013