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Mark Andersen is the coauthor of Dance of Days: Two Decades of Punk in the Nation's Capital and author of All the Power. He lives in Washington, DC. Ralph Heibutzki (Chairman Ralph) is the author of Unfinished Business: The Life & Times of Danny Gatton. He lives in southwest Michigan.
We Are The Clash celebrates the struggle for humanity, both in a band and in the wider world community. Traveling the journey of The Clash's final years is no train in vain. The benefits of understanding history allow readers to see that the future is unwritten, as long as mistakes from the past are not dutifully repeated, but learned from. The Clash, with all of their faults, represented a creative force to be reckoned with. They showed that anger could be power, if one knows how to use it...While We Are The Clash painstakingly shows how The Clash faltered, this book shows how they left a lasting impression. The Clash, as a band, did not overthrow the Thatcher government or even the Reagan White House. They used the power of music to educate through protest anthems and put a hole through the fa ades perpetuated by right-wing governments. As The Clash did this, they left it to the people to collectively take on the mantle of revolutionary action. Now it's up to you to get this book and enable your future. --SLUG Magazine Thanks to what must've been exhaustive research into contemporary bootleg recordings of live shows and articles chronicling the audience response to the performances, Andersen and Heibutzki provide intensely detailed evidence that this was a band which was firing on all cylinders--especially in a live setting--almost until the very end...Seriously: if nothing else, track down We Are The Clash and read Chapter Eight, 'Movers and Shakers Come On.' It will reaffirm any fandom you might've once lost for The Clash, and for those who've ever doubted them or considered them 'corporate punk, ' it'll give you fresh eyes on the band. It's fucking magical. --Cinepunx The inside story of the last great British punk record. --Jon Savage, author of England's Dreaming We Are The Clash tells an important part of the story of both The Clash and punk rock. The repercussions of what went down politically both in the USA and UK back then are still very much felt today. --Kosmo Vinyl, former manager of The Clash At long last, The Clash's final incarnation has been definitively chronicled. Mark Andersen and Ralph Heibutzki have brilliantly filled in the blanks of the 'Clash Mark II' era, including its eventual implosion. Beautifully constructed and brilliantly written...I was riveted, unable to put it down. --The Baker, from the foreword Smash your television and buy this book! We Are The Clash proves, once again, the importance of The Clash, even during their rarely discussed and most maligned period. Situated in the Reagan/Thatcher era, We Are The Clash illustrates why, when Reagan called women like my mom 'welfare queens, ' I bought a ticket to see 'the only band that matters, ' and then went on to start one of my own. --Michelle Cruz Gonzales, author of The Spitboy Rule: Tales of a Xicana in a Female Punk Band The Clash are remembered as much for their blistering music as their gritty yet hopeful message to listeners worldwide. In this first serious look at The Clash's music and meaning, post-commercial success, the authors mix thoughtful reflection with grassroots political analysis in an effort to inspire a new generation of music fans and activists to Cut the Crap. --Craig O'Hara, author of The Philosophy of Punk: More than Noise!