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'The Clash were the real thing, the only band that mattered: they were the best one, a band who never forgot their roots. They cared about their audience and tried to give them a good show with a moral conscience and a lot of fun. For me they were fantastic to work with.' Bob Gruen New York 2001. This acclaimed collection of photographs includes never before seen images and exclusive interviews with one of the most influential bands of the punk era.
||August 20, 2004|
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"Are you a punk or are you just fakin'?"Jul 19, 2003
By William Errickson Jr.
This is just about the finest book there is on the almighty Clash, the only one that can really make you feel, if only for a white hot moment, that you're *there* while the band bashes out its masterpieces less than a dozen feet away, in some dank forgotten club a quarter century ago. You're so close for a second that you can read the phrases stenciled on Joe's military garb, count the zippers on Simmo's trousers, or feel the sweat from Jonesy's unshorn locks splashing on your face, not to mention the gob of a thousand punks flying over your head. And look who's in the crowd with you! Lester Bangs, Debbie Harry, Andy Warhol (altho' he's probably ligging about backstage), Martin Scorsese, that young ne'er-do-well of the NYC scene Harley Flanagan, even Johnny Thunders has stopped by on his way to cop.Man, could the Clash dress: from the Pollock-esque/Sex shop/Teddy/Rude boy of the early years, to the "collars-up mate"/perfect quiff & creepers days of 'London Calling,' to the quasi-military/cop fatigues of the final era. Check out the guys in an American supermarket, Joe counting out his "Yankee dollar"; or hanging out in Bob Gruen's NYC apartment watching NY Dolls' videos; or goofing off, in full rock leathers, at various airports round the globe. Really, please, and with all sincerity, can I go back and just *be* with those guys, come on, huh, please, just for a minute or two?But I can't, and you can't, and this book (along with Johnny Green's 'A Riot of Our Own' memoir) is the closest we're gonna get in these sore days. Bob Gruen's stunning, intimate, exhilirating photos over six years of the Clash's career are second to none, revealing them in all their raging glory. So open the book, grab a Guiness, blast the tunes, and relive the true punk era, and thank your lucky stars, bittersweet that they may be, that there was never any reunion. This is the best you're gonna get.
5 of 5 found the following review helpful:
A Great Find!Aug 31, 2002
This book is fantastic! Although it may seem a bit expensive at first, it pays for itself and then some! It has some of the more common Clash photographs in it, but it is also loaded with rare ones. The pictures are big and clear, and captions are given on many of them by The Clash, Bob Gruen, and others associated with them. It's really cool to get their take on it, and you get some background stories too. I can't reccommend it more highly.
4 of 5 found the following review helpful:
You must purchase this book immediately!May 20, 2002
Rock photographer Bob Gruen does not fail to deliver one of the best rock photo books I have ever seen. Every Clash fan must get this book immediately! Pages and pages of never before seen Clash photos, including the boys in between shows, pics with family members, etc. An absolute masterpiece of a book. Excellent work Bob!
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A must for fansJan 02, 2008
Nice book, lots of great photos! Top-notch compilation of pics from BG. The photos capture the mood and energy of the time. To all aficionados: Not to be missed.