R.I.P. Keith Levene of the Clash and Public Image Ltd.

He was 65 and had liver cancer

Photo: Mike Maloney

BY Alex HudsonPublished Nov 12, 2022

Keith Levene, the founding guitarist of the Clash and Public Image Ltd., has died. He was 65.

Levene had liver cancer, and died at home in Norfolk, UK.

He co-founded the Clash in 1976, but left the group before they recorded their debut album. He's credited as a co-writer on "What's My Name" from 1977's The Clash.

He later co-founded Public Image Ltd. with John Lydon and played on the band's first three albums. (Levene and Lydon are pictured above.) He left PiL over creative differences surrounding their fourth album, 1984's This Is What You Want... This Is What You Get.

He later released solo albums, and produced the demos for the Red Hot Chili Peppers' 1987 album The Uplift Mofo Party Plan.

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