Keith Levene, guitarist for Public Image Ltd and The Clash, has died aged 65

Keith Levene, guitarist for Public Image Ltd and The Clash, has died aged 65

Public Image Ltd and The Clash guitarist Keith Levene has died aged 65.

The news was announced by author and writer Adam Hammond, who revealed Levene died on Friday, November 11.

“It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of my close friend and legendary Public Image Limited guitarist Keith Levene on Friday November 11th,” Hammond wrote.

“There is no doubt that Keith was one of the most innovative, daring and influential guitarists of all time.”

The tribute continued: “Keith sought to create a new paradigm in music and with willing collaborators John Lydon and Jah Wobble succeeded in doing just that. His guitar work on the nine-minute “Theme”, the first track from PiL’s debut album, defined what alternative music should be.

“As well as helping to make PiL the most important band of the time, Keith also founded The Clash with Mick Jones and was a major influence on their early sound. Much of what we listen to today owes much to Keith’s work, some recognized, most not.

Hammond concluded: “Our thoughts and love are with his partner Kate, his sister Jill and all of Keith’s family and friends. The world is a darker place without his genius. Mine will be darker without my companion.

After being roady for Yes in the early 1970s, Levene founded The Clash in 1976 alongside Mick Jones, persuading Joe Strummer to leave his band at the time – The 101ers – and join the band.

Levene then left The Clash before beginning to record music, then formed Public Image Ltd with John Lydon after the Sex Pistols disbanded.

After leaving PiL in 1983, Levene dabbled in solo material, production and more.

Among those who have paid tribute to Levene since news of her death was announced include PiL bassist Jah Wobble.

See a range of tributes to the late guitarist below.

Andy Bell of Ride wrote, “RIP Keith Levene – guitar sound like crushed diamonds shot at you through a high pressure hose.”

Elsewhere, Anton Newcombe of The Brian Jonestown Massacre said he owed Levene “a lot of my guitar style, in some ways. he allowed me to be me.


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