New Clash book promises insight into American career

PM Press have announced the publication of Stealing All Transmissions: A Secret History of The Clash by Randal Doane for October (USA) and November (UK).

From the press release:

"'Stealing All Transmissions' is a love story. It’s the story of how The Clash fell in love with America, and how America loved them back. The romance commenced in 1977, when select rock journalists and deejays aided the band’s quest to depose the rock of indolence that dominated American airwaves. This history traces the rise of The Clash and the scene flourishing in New York at Max’s Kansas City and CBGB, and culminates with The Clash’s September 1979 performances at the Palladium in New York City. The September 21 concert was broadcast live on WNEW, and—for years—was believed to conclude with Paul Simonon treating his bass like a woodsman's ax. The Clash’s next album, London Calling, which was is considered one of the greatest rock albums ever, was graced with Pennie Smith’s photo of Simonon, which was deemed the greatest rock photograph of all time. That night marked one of the last opportunities for fans to see The Clash as a punk band, teetering between conviction and uncertainty, before they became a seriously brilliant rock group.

'Stealing' is the first American history of The Clash. No other book gives proper attention to the forces of free-form radio, long-form rock journalism, or Clash bootleg recordings, many of which are now widely available on the web. Stealing takes its title from the 1981 single “Radio Clash” and includes original interviews with key figures from the New York punk scene, offers a brilliant reinterpretation of London Calling, and rewrites the history of Smith’s iconic image. This secret history concludes with an analysis of how we listen to music today and its impact on the written word."

The foreword is by Barry "The Baker" Auguste, backline roadie for The Clash, 1976-83.

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