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The only internationally successful, million-selling group to emerge from the late seventies London punk scene, the Clash set out to change the world with a potent mix of politics, iconic imagery, and blazing rock ?n? roll. It was an agenda mirrored in the Clash?s music, which swiftly evolved from ferocious punk rock to incorporate reggae, ska, funk, jazz, soul, and hip-hop. Passion Is a Fashion draws on over 70 interviews with the key participants in the story?roadies, producers, friends, and fans?and ...
The only internationally successful, million-selling group to emerge from the late seventies London punk scene, the Clash set out to change the world with a potent mix of politics, iconic imagery, and blazing rock ‘n’ roll. It was an agenda mirrored in the Clash’s music, which swiftly evolved from ferocious punk rock to incorporate reggae, ska, funk, jazz, soul, and hip-hop. Passion Is a Fashion draws on over 70 interviews with the key participants in the story—roadies, producers, friends, and fans—and conversations with the Clash: Joe Strummer, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon, and Topper Headon. The first book to give real insight into what went on behind the scenes during the Clash’s ten-year career, it charts the Clash’s picaresque progress through the days of the early punk scene and their groundbreaking Rock Against Racism gigs, to the arduous touring, to their break out in America, and the making of the classic London Calling album, all the way to the band’s eventual dissolution and the sudden, sad death of frontman Joe Strummer. Gritty, compelling, and above all authoritative, Passion Is a Fashion is the biography the Clash has long deserved.
Posted October 10, 2006
The story of The Clash is a very interesting one, full of confusion and turmoil. Putting that aside, Pat Gilbert does an excellent job putting onto paper the problems The Clash faced and how they were able to overcome them in his book Passion is a Fashion: The Real Story of The Clash. The book summarizes the groups¿ entire history, beginning with what they did before The Clash, how they came together and how they became one of the biggest rock groups of all time. Each character is portrayed in an accurate description, due to the author¿s deep research and exclusive interviews with the band and people close to it. The book focuses heavily on the group as it¿s protagonist, with the hardships they faced being the antagonist. The Clash were able to overcome pretty much any issue that came at them, including the hardships of the record industry that really didn¿t understand what the band was all about. The only thing the group was really susceptible to was itself, and the conflicts between each of the band members. Though Joe Strummer was the de facto front man, input from each of the other band members drove the group. In the end, Topper Headon¿s drug problems and Mick Jones¿ sacking brought The Clash down. Overall, the book showed how strong the group dynamic is, which is very important for any popular group. I personally enjoyed how each Clash album was individually assessed and how the author put a lot of effort into writing of how each came to be a unique recording. The only thing I didn¿t like about this book was it¿s tremendous length at 372 pages. It is still a fun read and definitely one worth checking out for any fan of popular music. I would also recommend reading up a book on the Sex Pistols, for the connections between the two groups are extraordinary. I would rate this book five out of five because the only drawback is the length, but this is mandatory to accurately describe the complexity of The Clash. Definitely worth reading.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 7, 2005
If you want a great read on 'the only band that matters,' then look no further than this book! Wonderfully stylized with informative interviews and quotes from the actual band members and key players, this book is an extremely enjoyable read. I recommend this author's book way before Marcus Gray's long-winded and dry-as-a desert book The Clash: Return of the Last Gang in Town, which gives no life or justice to the wonderfully exciting and complex story of one of the most important and influential bands to have come out of England. Passion is a Fashion is a MUST for all Clash fans.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.