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The Clash offers visions of a rock-'n 'roll apocalypse

A word from a fan in Berkeley, Calif:

"I like the Clash because they're not disco. They're not fat, bald, aging hippies in hot tubs."

A reflection from the Clash singer Joe Strummer, backstage at Berkeley: "We shouldn't have played here. It's a university town. They're boring snobs."

Standoff. Stalemate.

It is a curious situation, not without a certain undercurrent of irony. The Clash, an English band of four tough-strutting musicians who together lay down the fiercest, most challenging sounds in contemporary rock, has just finished...

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