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The Clash: Before and After

4.62 of 5 stars 4.62  ·  rating details  ·  50 ratings  ·  6 reviews
The Clash’s sound, forged by class oppression, social apathy, and inner-city stagnation, transformed the group from London punks to stadium stars in a mere five years. The Clash survived the stereotypes of punk to become one of the world’s most successful acts of the 1980s. That heady period is captured in Pennie Smith’s raw photographs and the witty accompanying captions ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published March 25th 1996 by Plexus Publishing (first published January 1st 1980)
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Adam Smith
This book inspired me to start taking photographs thirty years ago. Not only is it a collection of some of the most iconic music photography ever done, it is also a glimpse into the real world of touring musicians. Missing are the groupies and excesses that are the stuff of legend, replaced by the long, slow, isolating world of tour busses and dressing rooms. I own two copies of this book because I couldn't bear the thought of losing my only copy.
Sep 15, 2007 Jake rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Clash Fans
Shelves: music
The definitive photo-history of the Clash.
Frances Fong
Favorite book about my favorite band.
Beautiful photographs.
Dr. Detroit
Man did I used to worship The Clash, at least until they released "Combat Rock." When I purchased this back in the early 1980's, I never thought that some 20 years down the line, rock and roll would be in such a sorry state. Penny Smith's black-and-white photos of the band capture a moment in musical history when everything seemed new again and when we thought punk rock was going to change the world. At that time, before MTV killed rock and roll, photos like Smith's were sometimes the only way f ...more
Bought this book when it was first published so my copy is very dog eared now.
Captions for the photos from the band members are often very daft but then again I do like the sense of fun they evoke. Shame things deteriorated within a handful of years for the band.
Pennie Smith's photos capture the band and their various personalities wonderfully in my opinion.
Wish I'd had an inkling that this would become a bit of an iconic book as I would certainly have looked after my copy a lot better but then
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