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Ungenerous, barrel-scraping effort
on 17 December 2008
I can only assume that the above "reviewers" work for, or are related to, The Clash or the publishers.
This is a gratuitous, barely-concealed barrel-scraping effort which further advances the band's revisionism, not least about their backgrounds. The input and creativity of such figures as Caroline Coon, Derek Boshier and Alex Michon is mentioned in the most ungenerous terms while others such as Sebastian Conran don't even get a look in. Poor old Terry Chimes receives similar treatment and the three post-Jones years are condensed into a page which tries to gussy up embarassing escapades such as the busking tour and the truly dreadful Cut The Crap.
All the photographs and information have been published elsewhere apart from a selection of pretty poor handbills and posters which show that band's grip on graphics and visual identity was never up to that of their peers.
The captions appear to have been written by someone working on an entirely different project (and thinks there was a publication called the New Music Express) and the text is at times incomprehensible as they twist and turn in self-justification:
"The Clash was the first long-playing record to be released by a British punk band of real note. Although two months earlier The Damned had released Damned Damned Damned on the independent Stiff label, The Clash was different, and not just because it was released via a major record label."
The only real gem is overlooked. A pic of an early line-up has a geezer in it who is clearly not Keith Levene but billed as such, with a caption which goes into his later exploits in PiL etc. Who is that mystery man in the Jackson "Pollack" (sic) shirt on p64?