The Clash

What Route Can Music Take Without It's Roots?

Tim Arnold | Posted 03.10.2016 | UK Entertainment
Tim Arnold

Tim Arnold, singer songwriter and founder of Save Soho Music venues: what exactly is the fuss all about? Well, almost 2 years ago, I launched a thin...

How Many Postmen Do You Know Who Supported the Sex Pistols in '76?

Graham Bendel | Posted 28.07.2016 | UK Entertainment
Graham Bendel

Vic Godard was the frontman for the Subway Sect... Their music was worlds apart from the 'Chuck Berry chords' of the Pistols or the rock star swaggering of The Clash and they were soon to be the influence to many famous bands we know and love today: the Jesus and Mary Chain, Belle and Sebastian, Orange Juice & Edwyn Collins, The Pop Group; even Pete Doherty, I believe, is a fan.

The Clash of Art Forms: Paul Simonon's 'Wot No Bike' at the ICA, London

Jason Holmes | Posted 04.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

Immersion is the word. He knew of nothing else it would seem until music came along. It's the sort of fate to which one cannot attach a value or even adequately describe. Call it the gift, the blue touch paper that leads to the muse.

Revolution Rock: Why the Work of Strummerville Matters

Robyn Strachan | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Robyn Strachan

So what is Strummerville? In the years after Joe Strummer, legendary member of pioneering punk group The Clash, passed away, his friends and family set up a not-for-profit charity that aimed to reflect his particular values and musical contributions by offering support, resources and performance opportunities to artists who wouldn't normally have access to them.

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Shocking Spanish Play Shows Gibraltar Brits Killed By Soldiers | Jessica Elgot | Posted 28.11.2013 | UK

Competitors in a fancy dress competition at a Spanish village fete put together a shocking play showing a Spanish tank opening fire on socks-and-sanda...

Bleach Blood: Lifeline Back to Punk

Jason Holmes | Posted 30.04.2013 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

Guitar bands are manifold in London town, and it's been a while since that fact could be stated with any certainty. Tastes are reverting as live music played in intimate venues becomes a necessary constant in these cash-strapped, culturally arid times.

Tony Parsons: Why I Write

Jason Holmes | Posted 20.10.2012 | Home
Jason Holmes

"We all have multiple identities," says Tony Parsons when I ask him whether he feels more of an Englishman or a Londoner, "but I certainly feel like I'm both. But I also feel British.

The Most Patriotic Pop Song Ever?

PA | Posted 16.07.2012 | UK Entertainment

Rockers Queen have been crowned top of the patriotic pops in a survey of 100,000 music fans. The band's anthem We Are the Champions was named numbe...

Why I Started the Rock n'Roll Camden Walking Tours

Alison E. Wise | Posted 18.08.2012 | Home
Alison E. Wise

We could feel that Camden was different than anything we knew in California. Southern California was hot and bright, the Santa Anna winds dried out your skin and messed up your hair. I was using SPF 50 and had my hair cut like Justine from Elastica. I didn't fit in to say the least. But when I was in Camden I felt like I finally fit in.

Bunk Britannia

Jon Spira | Posted 03.08.2012 | UK Entertainment
Jon Spira

I've grown to hate Don Letts... I'm just sick of his sunglasses-indoors-bedecked face cropping up every five minutes to tell the same boring stories about punk. He has become the George Martin of punk - and not in the 'creative genius' way - more in the 'couple of years of doing something, four decades of agreeing to every interview and saying the same old boring crap again and again' way.

Punk Rock Musicians Should Have Huge Bonuses...

Mark Hillary | Posted 30.06.2012 | UK Entertainment
Mark Hillary

The Damned were always a little different to most punk bands, with singer Dave Vanian possessing the kind of voice many crooners would kill for and guitarist Captain Sensible being a skilled musician. Contrast this to Paul Simonon writing chords on his fretboard and Sid Vicious who had the right attitude, but no ability to play a guitar, and you can see why they stood out.

Joe Strummer RIP: 21 August 1952 - 22 December 2002

Alan McGee | Posted 20.02.2012 | UK Entertainment
Alan McGee

Today sees the ninth anniversary of the death of a legend and hero to not only me, but a whole generation. That legend was Joe Strummer - born John Graham Mellor - and his band was The Clash.