The Clash: Loud and Proud

How punk rock can a coffee-table book possibly be? The Clash, a band that embodied 
 the rebellious, DIY ethic of the late-'70s scene — and that proclaimed louder than anyone else a social and political purpose to punk's nihilism — have a book out. A big, pink, glossy, coffee-table book. In good time for Christmas, too.

Accusations of the band betraying their punk credentials are nothing new — it says so on page 113 of The Clash, their first official autobiography. In the words of front man Joe Strummer, "fanzine Sniffin' Glue wrote 'Punk Rock...

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