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Clash Bassist Paul Simonon Spent Two Weeks in Prison for Greenpeace
November 15, 2011
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The Clash was never afraid of rebellion - their music was confrontational, experimental and political. But as Greenpeace revealed today, there's more than one way to rebel. Earlier this year, former Clash bassist Paul Simonon joined the crew of a Greenpeace ship to make a stand against Arctic oil drilling - and ended up getting arrested and spending two weeks in prison.

Simonon told a Greenpeace coordinator he wanted to join the crew of the Arctic Sunrise, one of the organization's ships, to protest Cairn oil in the Arctic. He was told he could become a member of the crew: but not as a rock star. Instead, he signed on as an assistant cook, and many of his shipmates had no idea who he was. When he and 17 other activists faced fire hoses in order to climb aboard the Leiv Eriksson oil rig to demand that Cairn provide their disaster plan, they ended up in a Greenland prison.

He and his crewmates spent two weeks in prison, where Paul managed to get the guards to allow him to cook for the other prisoners, and even gave him charcoal to create a work of art while inside. You can see a Greenpeace video of Paul after he was released, talking about the experience and performing with his current band 'The Good, The Bad and The Queen' at a Greenpeace event:


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