Clash’s Mick Jones to receive Inspiration Award at US NME Awards

Guitar legend to be honoured on April 23 in Los Angeles

Former Clash guitarist Mick Jones is set to be presented with the Inspiration Award at the first ever NME Awards USA in the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles on April 23.

Jones will perform at the event with his band, Carbon/Silicon.

Fans will be able to watch his performance – as well as the rest of the Awards – on the NME MySpace page.

NME editor Conor McNicholas said: “The Inspiration Award is hotly debated amongst the NME editors, but the decision we reached was unanimous – Mick Jones is a true hero to NME.

The Clash were the magnificent reason most of us got into alternative music in the first place, but Mick has never been one to rest on his laurels. With Big Audio Dynamite he pioneered sampling techniques and helped introduce hip-hop to reggae and rock. And still not content with that, he now fronts Carbon/Silicon, discovering yet more new ways to excite us.

Mick is an innovator, a visionary, a class songwriter, a great singer and a demon guitarist, but that’s not all. He truly is an inspiration. His restless spirit recently drew him to produce The Libertines and to collaborate with Richard Archer of Hard-Fi among others – Mick providing the young head on old shoulders… or should that be the other way round?

Mick’s spirit, sense of mischief and dedication to the rock ‘n’ roll cause make it a real pleasure and honour for NME to name him our Inspiration Award winner in 2008. We are also thrilled that Carbon/Silicon will be performing at the event, and can’t wait to see what they’ve got up their sleeves on what promises to be a brilliant night.”