The Clash: The Only Band That Mattered


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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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6.3 X 0.9 X 9.2 inches | 1.0 pounds
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About the Author

Sean Egan has contributed to, among others, Billboard, Book Collector, Classic Rock, Record Collector, Tennis World, Total Film, Uncut, and He has written or edited two dozen books, including works on The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, Manchester United, Coronation Street, and Tarzan.


Economic decay in Britain during the 1970s and the overt commercialization of rock led to the creation of punk rock, and no punk band enjoyed as much critical acclaim as the Clash. The Sex Pistols may have attracted most of the controversy, but the Clash, led by lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Joe Strummer and vocalist and lead guitarist Mick Jones, was in a category by itself. Literate and angry, the Clash combined potent street poetry and powerful rhythms to create politically charged songs with a strong leftist ideology that attacked class warfare, nuclear annihilation, and generational ennui. It thought it could change the world with such songs. Egan chronicles the history of the 'only band that mattered, ' offering intelligent commentary on individual songs. Although the Clash disbanded in 1986, and Strummer died in 2002, the Clash remains an influential band--Billy Bragg, Bono, Green Day, and the White Stripes are among their musical offspring--and several of their albums are considered iconic works in the rock canon.--Booklist
Here [is a] heady book about [the] punk music legend the Clash, who, though beloved by fans and critics, eschewed 'mainstream' success. [The] author gets at the root of that independence and intentionality in slightly different ways. The Clash . . . demonstrates what many other authors have failed to do: that the Clash's intelligent, working-man's music provided an outlet for a groundswell of the punk generation's intellectual rebelliousness. . . .VERDICT [This] title [is a] fine purchase for large public libraries and deep music collections; for an intriguing take on punk history.--Library Journal
As rock history/analysis tomes go, The Clash: The Only Band That Mattered is essential reading. For those who don't especially appreciate The Clash but who would like a better understanding of the society and economy of Margaret Thatcher-era Britain, the book is equally highly recommended.--Musoscribe