The Clash, as told by The Clash
Hot on the heels of last month's release of The Clash Live at Shea Stadium, comes the Nov. 4 release of The Clash by The Clash, a 384-page, full-color book detailing the history of punk rock's greatest band.
With Live at Shea marking a high-point in the The Clash's audio legacy, with its crystal-clear power chords bouncing off the 70,000 jammed into the then-home of the New York Mets, The Clash by The Clash (Grand Central Publishing) marks the highlight in the visual history of the trend-setting pioneers from London town.
It's almost like an encyclopedia of punk rock knowledge, as told by its founding fathers.
If 2008 seems like the year of The Clash, consider that it's been 30 years since the group released its debut album in America and the group's message of political awareness and knowing your rights is every bit as timely today as it was back in the turbulent mid-1970s.
The group's humble origins, from its foundation in 1976 all the way to its conquest of the world in the early 80s, is chronicled in great, loving detail by the band's own designers in The Clash by The Clash.
The lavish tome offers an amazing behind the scenes look at how the band broke free from its native homeland, during ground zero of the punk movement, and became international superstars, in an almost mainstream kind of way, all in the course of a few sweat-drenched years.
And what better tour guides for a behind the scenes trip with The Clash than The Clash themselves?
The Clash by The Clash is just that - an A to Z account of the band as told by Joe Strummer, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon and Topper Headon.
The genesis of classic Clash songs like "London Calling," "Tommy Gun" and "Complete Control" are told in first-person conversations with the band, providing a vivid manifest of just how the world looked through the eyes of The Clash.
More than just words, however, The Clash by The Clash is chock full of classic, as well as never-before seen photographs of the band, along with promotional materials, gig flyers, 45 covers and other memorabilia from the group's personal archives.
Also included in the coffee table sized book are date-by-date lists of The Clash's treks around the world, complete with songs played on those tours and the support acts who hit the road with the band.
In other words, The Clash by The Clash is an essential document of one of the most important bands in the history of recorded music - all genres included.
Find the book at: www.amazon.com
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