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Book Title: The Clash|
The author of the book: Bob Gruen
ISBN 13: 9781903399330
Edition: Vision On Publishing Ltd
Date of issue: September 15th 2001
Format files: PDF
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As much as I once worshipped the ground The Clash stumbled on, the post-“London Calling” section of their catalog (not to mention Joe Strummer’s solo career) is like a kick to the solar plexus or even lower, finally shattering the foolish and naïve notion that in the end, punk rock would ever be anything more than a ruse, a marketing opportunity, a chance for Levi Strauss to sell more blue jeans or Jaguar to sell more X-Types. The less said about Nissan co-opting the band’s cover of Toots and the Maytals’ “Pressure Drop” to sell even more of their wrecks, especially in this town, the better.
But for a few years at least, before they began to squander their greatness by encouraging Mick Jones to sing (“Lost in the Supermarket,” anyone?), dumping the date they brung to the prom with “London Calling,” and championing hip hop, The Clash made each note count with an impressive run of albums, singles, and B-sides that may not have all qualified as historic moments in the progression of humanity, but made a certain kid in Detroit pull his head out of the bong for a quick look-see, then scramble for a haircut and pants with narrower legs.
It's all here somewhere though in Bob Gruen's collection of photos depicting four guys who at one time were absolutely white hot and storming the gates, somehow managing to combine the power, excitement, and momentum of The Who with the gristle, flaming grey matter, and manic economy of a thousand American garage bands from the 60’s, knocking ‘em dead everywhere from London to Manchester.
Then came "Sandinista!," "Combat Rock" and the unceremonious sacking of Mick Jones, at which point I let out a bellow of drunken laughter and puked on the floor.
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