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The unique story of the Clash, by the Clash. The Clash were a band like no other. Pioneers of British punk rock, their incendiary gigs, intelligent songwriting, definitive style and passionate idealism caught the spirit of the times and made them a worldwide phenomenon. Rolling Stone magazine declared London Calling one of the greatest albums of all time, their autobiographical documentary Westway to the World won a Grammy, and their music lives on, influencing emerging bands and exciting new audiences today.
This is the first official book to be created by the band. With unprecedented access to the Clash archive, this landmark publication brings together previously unseen material--including tour posters, artwork, and photos of the band at home, on stage, in the studio and on the road--with each member telling it like it was, in their own words.
Trendsetters, icons, revolutionaries: their story is steeped in mythology. Many people have an opinion about what made them who they were - this book gives the chance to read the full story, from all four band members themselves.
||Grand Central Publishing|
||November 04, 2008|
|Average Customer Rating:
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22 of 22 found the following review helpful:
Mindblowing!Oct 19, 2008
This book is amazing. Great photographs, and having the band telling their story is fantastic. Despite being assembled years after Joe Strummer's death, he is a dominant voice in the book. I would compare the style of the book to The Beatles Anthology book, although unlike The Beatles book, The Clash tell their story album by album and tour by tour as opposed to year by year.
You'll love the pictures and the stories. You'll start out flipping through it, and then get sucked in and start reading. This book is sure to become a classic.
By the way, the book is HUGE and HEAVY, and beautifully assembled. If you are a Clash fan, you definitely want this.
9 of 11 found the following review helpful:
WOWDec 05, 2008
By moe armstrong
This is the book. Reading the book. Reliving the whole Clash Time. WOW
I mean, carry this book under your arm. If you were not there-now you can be----with this book. I was there and this book made me want to run around Hollywood. Go to London. Spend time in New York. I was reminded how much the music and lyrics of The Clash described the times and places that we lived. Those were the days. This was the group. This was the music. These are the memories and all in one book. This was the group filled with matter. This mattered the group. This book describes the only group that mattered. Who matters anyway?
3 of 3 found the following review helpful:
The Best Clash book availableDec 03, 2009
By Darin Campbell
This is a wonderful book, full of commentary by the Clash themselves about all aspects of their career 1976-1985. fantastic pictures, full set lists of all their tours, complete discography etc. If you are a fan of the band you cannot be without this. I go back to it again and again, particularly when listening to Clash albums. The definitive history of one of the greatest bands of all time.
1 of 1 found the following review helpful:
The ONLY Clash Book You Will Ever Need....Oct 16, 2010
This is without a doubt the only book any Clash fan will ever need. Growing up and being greatly influenced by music in the late 70s and early 80s I have read a lot of books and seen a lot of photos from that time, but this book tops the list about the Clash. It is very easy to read, it flows well and has lots of new photographs and information about the important people, places and happenings of the time.
The main thrust of the book is obviously the Clash, but it does (and has to really considering how they were all intertwined)mention the Pistols, The Slits, Sham 69, Blondie etc, but never to a point where it all just becomes 'filler' and a rehash of the other 1000's of 'Punk' books out there. All the groups and people mentioned here are strictly on the periphery and rightly so as this is a book about the Clash by the Clash. The interviews in it are well written and in chronological order, with it being clear the proof reader has done their job well - all the relevant facts match up throughout the book.
The Clash were without a doubt one of THE influential groups of the last century though having said that they come across as pretty humble and a bit bemused by the whole fame thing! Each one of the group brought a different quality to the table however it is clear they all needed each other - Joe bought the anger, politics and unrest of the time, Mick the musical knowledge and technical know how and Paul bringing the good looks, attitude and style.
The only negative comment is that there isn't much input about (or from) their manager Bernie Rhodes who was instrumental in the Clash's rise to fame. Clearly cut from the same cloth as Mr. McLaren I feel that a bit more about his influence on the group would have added to the book even if it may have been negative as far as Joe, Mick and Paul were concerned. All in all an excellent read and well worth the space on any music aficionados shelf.
1 of 1 found the following review helpful:
ROCK THE CASBAH!Sep 10, 2010
THIS IS A FANTASTIC BOOK, VERY INFORMATIVE VIEWS FROM ALL THE MEMBERS OF THE BAND! GREAT PHOTOS! A GOOD READ, AND A GREAT COFFEE TABLE BOOK.
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