Book Revised and updated to cover the Clash s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the band members post Clash careers, The Clash Return of the Last Gang in Town now includes the first full account of Joe Strummer s Wilderness Years, his triumphant comeback with the Mescaleros, and his sudden and tragic early death Extensively revised and updated from both its 1995 and 2001 incarnations, The Clash traces the band members progress from dispiriting rehearsals in damp London basements to packed American stadiums A fascinatingly detailed account of the first band to take punk s radical politics to the masses and survive for a decade against all the odds, it also offers an intriguing investigation into the gap between rock mythology and rock reality....
|Title||:||The Clash: Return of the Last Gang in Town - 2nd Edition|
|Publisher||:||Hal Leonard 1st edition November 1, 2004|
|Number of Pages||:||524 pages|
|File Size||:||978 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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The Clash: Return of the Last Gang in Town - 2nd Edition Reviews
Only band that matters!
For The Clash fans, this is the book you wanted to read, but thought had never been written. Massively thick with small printing, this book, like The Clash, offers you more for your buck. Knowledgeable and relevant musically and socially, for a Clash fan, there is no better book out there.
mos xclnt - must read for ANY and ALL Clash fanz
I took this book with me on vacation and read it over the course of several sittings. I was not interested in "punk" or anything that remotely resembled rock music when it was happening, my interests were focused on great jazz. Over the years I kept hearing about London Calling and what an incredible record that is. Then the Brits went and issued a commemorative postage stamp so I just had to have a listen. I was blown away and now have the complete Clash collection and have been listening solid for about 18 months. Now I told you that so I can tell you this in context:
What slaps you in the face over and over again about this book is the author's blatant dislike of The Clash. When one spends three years full time on a project, one would hope that it would be something that one enjoyed. But maybe the author just enjoyed bashing the band and band members. Every album they produced the author would address it song by song and make derogatory comments not just about the songs themselves but about the process. He suggested that Mick came up with "Should I Stay or Should I Go" by ripping off a song called, "Little Latin Lupe Lu".
There's much to like in this book for Clash obsessives like myself. However, the author is still stuck in the rut where punk bands were held to ridiculous standards, many self imposed, and this comes across as snobbery. His disdain for Joe Strummer is very obvious. Apparently, to the author, a middle class English person is not allowed to sing about being on the dole in England, but can sing about the USA, South America and the Spanish Civil War. I have always suspected the writer doesn't quite believe all this but, you know, street credibility counts.