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A Punk Hero's Tale

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Monday, June 11, 2007

He was born the son of a British diplomat. When he died, he was the man who fused politics with punk. Today on Soundcheck, a look at the turbulent life of Joe Strummer, leader of the legendary group The Clash. Also: Country singer and actress Mare Winningham talks about starring in the musical "10 Million Miles." Plus, a report card on the Tony Awards.

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Mare Winningham

Tony Awards

Broadway celebrated the best of the theater season at last night's Tony Awards. Find out which nominees took home the big prizes as Soundcheck recaps the big night. Jeremy McCarter, theater critic of New York magazine, joins us.

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The Ballad of Joe Strummer

As the frontman of the legendary band The Clash, Joe Strummer injected working-class politics into the punk movement. The band also tested punk's musical boundaries with explorations of reggae, rockabilly and even disco. When the group fizzled in the mid-1980s, fans and critics held Strummer accountable for breaking up a ...

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Mare Winningham

Country singer and actress Mare Winningham is an Academy Award nominee and two-time Emmy winner. She joins us to talk about starring in the musical "10 Million Miles" (based on the songs of Patty Griffin), and about her new album, “Refuge Rock Sublime,” which features original Jewish country/folk songs.

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