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Passion is a Fashion: The Real Story of the Clash

4.02 of 5 stars 4.02  ·  rating details  ·  641 ratings  ·  31 reviews
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-ho ...more
Paperback, 419 pages
Published July 25th 2009 (first published October 21st 2004)
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Joe Blow
Jan 22, 2008 Joe Blow rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Good Music Lovers
Recommended to Joe Blow by: Andy
This book just solidifies that The Clash is still "the only band that matters." I read this in about week, I could not put it down. It goes into each band members life before the band and life in the band. I can't say enough about how great this book is. I love it.
Jason Coleman
Go way back with these guys. I remember still being on my learner's permit when Sandinista! came out, so I had to throw my oblivious mother in the car for the drive to the record store. I even saw them live—only a couple gigs before they fired Mick Jones, so just under the wire. But it's been ages since I've listened to them. Something about the Clash—their rousing, communist-cell single-mindedness, their asexuality, I don't know what—put me off once I left my teens. Reading Pat Gilbert's (very ...more
Paula Hartman-Carlo
Mar 31, 2010 Paula Hartman-Carlo rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who loves The Clash
This is the definitive biography of The Clash. Pat Gilbert not only interviews just about every person who was involved with the band but he also paints a detailed picture of what England was like in decades following WWII. The book is well organized and the reader can easily imagine what it was like to be on the road or in the studio with The Clash. Gilbert provides a discography and a bibliography. The only thing I was disappointed with was the lack of photos. There were a few pages but it was ...more
Nick Sweeney
A close look at the whole Clash phenomenon - for sure, in my opinion, the best band to come out of punk, who transcended it with some everlasting tunes. If the Clash had done nothing else but White Man in Hammersmith Palais, they'd still have been immortal one-hit wonders. So I've nailed my colours to the mast: I am a fan, and was always a fan, though I could see the rot setting in once they'd got into the triple-album jaunt of Sandinistas. You have to allow your heroes some flaws, I think.

Pat G
May 06, 2007 owen rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: posers
a cool bunch of guys who were real nice to people and real dicks to each other.
Apr 03, 2007 Eric rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Yes
Great bio on the Only Band that Mattered.
Probably the most intelligently written music biography I've read. The Clash deserve it, as they are one of the few great bands to truly derive their complex political and philosophical viewpoints from lived experience. Gilbert seems to allude that the views they represented were the very reason that the band was predestined to a relatively short lifespan. Those viewpoints - the foundation of the band - did not mix with success. Punk music was not about success. Once the band achieved that succ ...more
my rating of this book says i really liked it, but as it is a band bio, it was, at times, tedious..almost, at times, really effing boring. but who cares, right? i have been going through, like, the second great awakening of loving the clash (maybe it's an every 20 years thing? maybe i ought to save the other decent bio for when i'm 55?), so it just isn't enough to listen to, talk about, think about the imperative to _learn shit_, too.

joe strummer is, clearly, the best of the icons who
Mark Farley
"This is a very funny book," guitarist Mick Jones tells me recently over the new books table. "But don't believe everything you read.""Why's that, Mick?""Well, people remember events differently sometimes."Mick Jones there summing up what is essentially great but also the downfall of this sort of book but despite the guitarists reservations and possible mental blocks, this is the most definitive account of the West London band. It's wonderfully anecdotal to the point where you feel like you a me ...more
Police and Thieves was the first Clash song that I remember hearing. Andrew had the Story of the Clash on two cassettes and I fell in love right away. I remember then getting The Clash on Broadway three CD set and listening to disc 2 especially over and over in my room. While I have always loved the music, I admit that I knew very little about the group before reading this book. Would I have liked as much if I didn’t love the music? Probably not. The book is a fascinating look at four very diffe ...more
Without a doubt, the best rock biography ever written in terms of its lyrical, exhaustively-researched, tongue-in-cheek, unbelievable scoopage and dust-in-the-eyes melancholic beauty. A pretty thick book that flies by so quickly you'll want to read it again.
Lisa Frost
It's my youth. Or the youth I should have had. Or a bit of both. Either way, great if you like the Clash or were born @ 1967
I love the Clash. I do. I love everything about them. So why did it take me this long to read this book? It's dense. Jam-packed. Every paragraph has at least two different anecdotes. This isn't a bad thing. Not at all. Actually, it's a good thing, because you really get to know their band personalities and how they interact. It's light on the personal info (which is fine, that's all been covered in other sources mentioned in the last chapter), but heavy on band inspirations, interactions and imp ...more
Didn't finish
For anyone who isn't jaded enough about punk rock, this is the book for you! What do you get when you mix a Woody Guthrie worshipping pubrocker, a couple wahed-up glamrockers, a reggae fanboy who can't play bass, and a several drummers of varying importance? Throw in a tyrannical manager, and you might just have something. A definite good read that any fan of the Clash won't be able to put down.
Timo Vuorensola
Kattava ja läpikotainen, kelvollisesti käännetty The Clashin elämäkerta, joka opasti minut syvemmälle punkin hämmentäville alkulähteille. Kirja antoi myös paljon inspiraatiota ja innostusta, ja mikä tärkeintä, ajoi levykauppaan ja The Clashin tuotantoa hankkimaan.

Mielenkiintoinen musiikkielämäkerta muillekin kuin The Clashin faneille.
Nov 07, 2011 Misssharice rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of punk music, fans of The Clash
Recommended to Misssharice by: Saw it in Waterstones
A really interesting insight into the history and creation of the legends that are The Clash. It goes right back to when the band members were children and right to the death of Joe Strummer and the band's activities after this event. A really enjoyable read for fans of The Clash and punk music alike.
Naomi Krokowski
A book that honors The Only Band That Matters. Thorough but moves briskly, full of admiration for the complex characters that made up The Clash. I've spent years and untold hours enjoying and obsessing over their music and enjoyed getting to know how the alchemy and genius happened.
A great book about one of the best bands ever. It's a very entertaining story, and really makes you feel what it must've been like to be in London in the late 70s. I also love the epilogue, which is a great tribute to Joe Strummer, who passed away before the book was published.
Joe Stamber
If you're a fan of The Clash and want to read an informative and engaging account of their turbulent career, then this book fits the bill. Grab it and read it, you won't be disappointed.
This book is both sad & hilarious all at the same time. You get to see many sides of the many people that made up & surrounded The Clash from start to finish.
Richard Ewart
Finally finished! Very good read and a great insight into a great band. Highly recommended to fans and the musically curious.
Enjoyed the book overall......maybe 'lessened' its impact by reading another Clash biography very soon afterwards
A good read. I love the nature of the story. It's good to see the chaos behind some of my favorite albums.
Mic Wright
I've read just about every current book on The Clash and none of them hold a candle to this one.
Good, analytic story of the band.
Glosses over things a bit, but not bad.
Brian Hirrel
One of the greatest bands ever.
Richard Herbert
not as good as last gang in town
Felicie Lucas
Loved it. Great history of The Clash.
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