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Sunday, February 27 2011

What Was So Great about the Clash, Anyway?

So how does someone go from anti-nuke activist to serious foreign policy maven, student protester to midlife bourgeoisie, and feel the same way about "The Only Band That Matters"?


Tuesday, July 29 2008

The Innovators

Sometimes changing the course of modern music can be surprisingly easy. Though their names may not be laced in the stars right next to Sinatra and Dylan, these mavericks will always be remembered for breaking boundaries, stretching the definitions of genres, and rewriting what the very notion of a "pop song" is.


Monday, July 14 2008

"Once You Saw Them Live, You Were Hooked Forever": An Interview With Don Letts

With the 30th Anniversary release of the seminal Clash documentary Revolution Rock, director Don Letts reflects on the sheer power of seeing the Only Band That Mattered in a live setting, the possibility of a Big Audio Dynamite reissue, and his unabashed love... for Curb Your Enthusiasm.


Sunday, December 2 2007

Here's the News, and All of It Is Good: An Interview with Mick Jones

The ex-Clash artist returns with a new outlook and a new means of spreading his music, but the rebelliousness remains. Jones talks to PopMatters about his new project Carbon/Silicon.


Thursday, May 24 2007

Redemption Song: On the Other Hand... [1988–1989]

"Music's got shit, Thatcher became God, ninety percent of the papers are right-wing and brown-nosing." -- Joe Strummer to Carol Clerk in Melody Maker interview.


Columns

Wednesday, March 26 2014

The Sound of Venezuela's Restlessness

As protests continue to rage in Venezuela, a traditional Venezuelan spirit is on display. It is thoughtful and reflective, yet opaque. It might be best understood through the music.


Sunday, June 2 2013

Tomorrow Belongs to Her: The Art That Rose Against Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher is dead, yet her influence is stronger than ever. What lessons can be drawn from the cultural response to Thatcherism, and can they be applied again?


Thursday, December 23 2010

Clash City

Marcus Gray's book about London Calling inspires a journey around the London of the Clash. There's a huge sense of disaffection in this city, a feeling that the government protects only the rich and will leave the poor to suffer the recession – it’s like 1979 all over again, and London is still calling, calling out into an atmosphere of impending catastrophe.


Reviews

Sunday, May 18 2014

The Fall of The Clash Minus the Rise

For a telling of "the only band that mattered", there's something of a lack of yeast in the brew, here.


Thursday, December 8 2011

Cobra Skulls: Agitations

Shades of The Clash in the Reno trio's third full-length...


Thursday, October 9 2008

The Clash: Live at Shea Stadium

This rousing and rocking complete live show from 1982 finally affords Clash fans the full concert experience.


Monday, April 14 2008

The Clash: Live Revolution Rock [DVD]

Fiery yet flawed, this 22-song collection of live Clash clips is a visual feast of gritted teeth, sopping hair, and snarled lips.


Wednesday, March 21 2007

In Memoriam: Joe Strummer

Mere months before he left us to rock that grand casbah in the clouds, Joe Strummer remained a vital rock 'n' roll warrior.


Blogs

Wednesday, August 13 2014

Joe Strummer's Thunderbird Is Up for Sale on eBay

Wow. Joe Strummer's car, a Chalfont Blue 1963 Ford Thunderbird, is for sale on eBay.


Thursday, March 13 2014

Diplo and His "Hero"es

The man who sampled the Clash's "Straight to Hell" for M.I.A. teams up with his heroes and Frank Ocean to bring summer to your speakers a few months early.


Thursday, April 4 2013

Carbon/Silicon - "Big Surprise" (video)

Mick Jones (The Clash) and Tony James (Generation X), aka Carbon/Silicon, release their latest tune and video, "Big Surprise".


Friday, October 28 2011

Counterbalance No. 56: 'The Clash'

This week, Counterbalance moves the town to the Clash City Rockers, so if you need a little jump of electrical shockers, this punk debut is the 56th most acclaimed album of all time.


Monday, July 18 2011

"I Fought the Law's" Bobby Fuller Passed Away at 23 Back in 1966

On this day back in 1966, Bobby Fuller of the Bobby Fuller Four, known for his iconic tune "I Fought the Law", was found dead in


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