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Sunday, November 2, 2008


The Clash

By the Clash

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The iconic punk rockers -- Mick Jones, Paul Simonon, Topper Headon and the late Joe Strummer -- give first-person accounts of their band's sudden rise to fame and all-too-quick descent into the annals of music history.


"The lesson that everyone should learn is you don't mess with things if they work. If it works, do whatever you can to bring it forward but don't mess with it. We learned that bitterly."

-- Strummer on the band's demise after the firing of Headon


There's too much dry tour-date chronicling and too few colorful anecdotes, but the book's grittily gorgeous full-page archival photos justify the hefty price tag.

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