Joe Strummer and the Legend of "The Clash" Paperback – 27 Sep 2004
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Kris Needs's books include The Scream: The Music, Myths, and Misbehaviour of Primal Scream and Keith Richards: Before They Make Me Run. A successful DJ, artist, and producer as well as a journalist, he lives in Aylesbury, England.
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This is an absolute gem of a book, written with humour, insight and a great deal of affection. It's essential reading for anyone interested in the ins and outs of the world of Rock 'n' Roll. As for all the Clash fans out there; your bookshelves will be bereft without it.
Of course, Needs, being a massive fan of the band, does tend at times to hyperbole, but I can't help agreeing with him most of the time! That said, the author (and indeed his multifarious contributors) also acknowledges the band's 'failings' - Joe's intense personal focus at the expense of everything else (leading to his much regretted decision to 'sack' Mick from the band), Mick's mercurial 'rock star obsession', Paul's 'go with the flow' aloofness and Topper's tragic saga of addiction.Read more ›
There are a few misspelt words suggesting a final sub might have been useful. They don't ruin the overall text. The only real complaint is the omission of any detailed information about Mick Jones' massive comeback via BAD II, with the 'Rush' single and the attendant album. Other Jones projects get big wraps-- including BAD stuff-- but 'Rush' is mentioned in passing. Yes, it's a book focusing on Strummer but Needs does spend a lot of time on Mick elsewhere in the book. And given that the Nineties was a period of false starts for Joe, the missing paragraphs are puzzling-- especially as Mick was finding an audience by sampling his own 'Should I Stay Or Should I Go' for 'The Globe'. Instead we get a lot of detail about Joe's late nights with people who made promises to collaborate which came to nothing or ended up in tears.
Anyway, it IS a book focusing on Strummer so what the hey. It's still a great book, and easily the best I've read on The Clash.