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Gripping, funny and sad
on 17 December 2013
I loved this book and couldn't put it down. The script of the film - when oh when are we going to get the actual film? - is totally gripping. Lots of it is actually funny - when it's not being downright tragic. You're just thinking...'Guys...what are you doooing?!' Like Chris Salewicz says in his intro I think The Clash must have just gone nuts to break up when they were probably the best band and the most successful in the world. Mick Jones says pretty much that.
I reckon Pearl Harbour is the one who really understand the whole thing. She was Paul Simenon's girlfriend at the time so had a ringside seat. She's so cool too and kind of razor sharp. After a lot of chaotic scenes, old Pearl suddenly comes out with this perfect observation and you just think yeah, of course!
The Clash II stuff is particularly funny and sad. Some of the new guys are just drunks and everyone's dead fed up the whole time. Poor Joe Strummer though, you certainly feel for him... even though you also kind of think, Joe, this is maybe partly your own fault.
The first part of the book is a quirky idea. It's the filmmaker, Danny Garcia's, story of how he got to meet the main Clash people - best of all he got to spend two weeks with Mick Jones. I really liked the bit when he goes feeding ducks with Bernie Rhodes, The Clash's mad bad manager. Hilarious.
The photos are great but the printer could have done a better job quality wise on a couple of the photos that's my only criticism but don't let that put you off. If you're thinking of getting it I would definitely recommend it.