Tim Satchwell

Combat Ready - The Clash (Third Edition)

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As an obsessive collector of the music and memorabilia of the Clash, I have built up a collection of Clash biographies, pictorial works, audio and video. I identified a gap in the literature, and feel that my book offers a more International approach than the other excellent works. I have gathered together opinions and news stories and personal memories from the US, Japan, Australia and New Zealand, as well as the UK, and even tracked down a member of the audience at the final show in Thailand of the Clash’s “Far East Tour”. I have listened to hours of bootlegged shows from around the world for the first airings of the “Combat Rock” material, watched official and unofficial video material and pushed the good will and patience of newspaper and library archivists in several countries to the limits. I feel the potential interest would be to Clash fans around the world, the book works on different levels, part academic and part “anorak”, with hopefully a little something for everyone, a few searching questions for the die-hard fans, and some important lessons for up and coming bands and musicians, and even “Ordinary Joes” who are struggling to make sense of the increasingly complex world. As well as directly Clash related works, I have referenced the likes of David Byrne (Talking Heads), Pete Townsend, Alex James (Blur) and Viv Albertine (The Slits and solo).

This is the Third Reprint Version