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The Rise and Fall of the Clash


In 1983 at the height of their fame and success the Clash disintegrated.

This is the story…

‘The whole story, warts ‘n’ all, told by those who knew them, those who were there and an on-form Jonesy recalling the eye of the most tumultuous hurricane ever to hit rock ‘n’ roll. An engrossing labour of love which does them proud.’

Kris Needs (author of Joe Strummer and the Legend of the Clash and The Scream: the Music, Myths and Misbehaviour of Primal Scream).

‘The Rise and Fall of the Clash explores the evolution of the punk icons, from their early days … to their downward spiral’.

Rolling Stone Magazine

‘The Rise and Fall of the Clash is a head-first plunge into conflict and chaos.’

The Boston Globe

‘At times hilariously funny, The Rise and Fall of the Clash can also be heartrendingly sad…Garcia also scrupulously examines the role played in the Clash’s last phase by the return of manager Bernard Rhodes’

Chris Salewicz (biographer of Joe Strummer, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, Bob Marley, Jimmy Hendrix, Jim Morrison et al.)

‘If you’re looking for a definitive answer to the question “Whatever happened to The Clash?” then read this book!…It may, indeed, be “only rock’n’roll” but the human tragedy at the heart of this account is no less poignant because of it.’

Mike Laye, ‘official’ Clash photographer


During the three years it took him to research and film his documentary, Danny Garcia traveled UK, Europe, and America, and met with a most of the key Clash figures and a ‘Who’s Who’ of the music business before he got to the heart of ‘Rock’n’ Roll’s most turbulent tornado’ – Mick Jones and elusive on-off manager, Bernie Rhodes.

Garcia ‘s book describes this journey with humour and insight before offering the reader the entire script of his interview-based ‘warts and all’ documentary. Only those who were there, and who were part of the story, were invited to contribute, making for a gripping, authentic, roller-coaster of a read.

The book also features previously unpublished photos of The Clash.

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