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Stealing All Transmissions: A Secret History of the Clash

3.46  ·  Rating Details ·  26 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Winner of:
2015 Independent Publisher Book Awards, Silver Award, Popular Culture

Stealing All Transmissionsis a love story. It’s the story of how the Clash fell in love with America and how America loved them back. The romance began in full in 1977, when select rock journalists and deejays aided the band’s quest to depose the rock of indolence that dominated American airwav
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Paperback, 192 pages
Published October 15th 2014 by PM Press (first published January 1st 2014)
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Alec
Jan 12, 2015 Alec rated it really liked it
An interesting look at the rise of punk and The Clash through the eyes of independent radio stations and DJs.
Nestor Rychtyckyj
May 13, 2015 Nestor Rychtyckyj rated it really liked it
This short book (about 134 pages) is more about the people (rock critics, DJs) who made it possible for the Clash to succeed in the USA than the band itself. It covers a broad range of topics including rock criticism and the history of rock & roll radio in the USA. The focal point of the book is about New York City and those DJ’s that bucked the “corporate rock” rules prevalent in the industry and managed to get bands like the Clash on the air. Most of them wound up losing their jobs as we ...more
Christina
Apr 19, 2015 Christina rated it it was amazing
Stealing All Transmissions: A Secret History of the Clash continues my reading of rock-n-roll biographies.

Buy the book for this wisdom alone about the Clash, who dubbed themselves "The Only Band That Matters":

"The Clash struck intricate poses...but rarely-if ever-did those poses contradict Strummer's early proclamation about their politics:

'We're anti-fascist, we're anti-violence, we're anti-racist and we're pro-creative. We're against ignorance.'"

This is little wonder that I loved this band as
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Anastasia Karel
Jan 26, 2015 Anastasia Karel rated it liked it
There is a ton of great information in this book, but it's not really about the Clash. I like the term "secret history" because the book nicely details the relationship between punk rock and radio. However, there isn't enough Clash-related discussion to say that it's a secret history about this band.
Gerry LaFemina
Feb 06, 2015 Gerry LaFemina rated it liked it
More a history of New York rock-n-roll radio than the Clash, this book conjured up my New York youth and those radio stations that helped me learn about the music I'd love. It's interesting, but the prose is a bit utilitarian.
Ken French
Jan 22, 2015 Ken French rated it liked it
As much (if not more) about the rise and fall of FM radio in New York as it is about the Clash. DJ Meg Griffin gets mentioned almost as often as Joe Strummer. A let-down.
Candace Rollins
Feb 14, 2016 Candace Rollins rated it it was ok
This book did not live up to my expectations. I had hoped for a "secret history of the Clash", but found it more about the supporting characters on the New York radio scene.
Wade
Jan 12, 2015 Wade rated it it was ok
What a bore. Less to do with The Clash and more to do with boring disc-jockey politics. What a waste of time.
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