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Sunday, November 2, 2008

BOOK

The Clash

By the Clash

Grand Central

$45

BASIC STORY:

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.

SAMPLE GRAB:

"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

OUR TAKE:

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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