Passion Is a Fashion: The Real Story of the Clash

ISBN: 030681434X
ISBN 13: 9780306814341
By: Pat Gilbert

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Reader's Thoughts

Richard Ewart

Finally finished! Very good read and a great insight into a great band. Highly recommended to fans and the musically curious.


a cool bunch of guys who were real nice to people and real dicks to each other.


Great bio on the Only Band that Mattered.

Mark Farley

"This is a very funny book," guitarist Mick Jones tells me recently over the new books table. "But don't believe everything you read.""Why's that, Mick?""Well, people remember events differently sometimes."Mick Jones there summing up what is essentially great but also the downfall of this sort of book but despite the guitarists reservations and possible mental blocks, this is the most definitive account of the West London band. It's wonderfully anecdotal to the point where you feel like you a member of the band, experiencing every trial and tribulation with them. You can hear the sounds and you can sense the smells and you can damn well feel the energy, the same energy every lucky bastard crowd in the 70s and early 80s got when they saw four anarchic punks from underneath the Westway stride onto the stage and blast out their blend of politically charged reggae and spunk. You may not remember, but we briefly enjoyed the ride.

Brian Hirrel

One of the greatest bands ever.


A really interesting insight into the history and creation of the legends that are The Clash. It goes right back to when the band members were children and right to the death of Joe Strummer and the band's activities after this event. A really enjoyable read for fans of The Clash and punk music alike.


Enjoyed the book overall......maybe 'lessened' its impact by reading another Clash biography very soon afterwards


my rating of this book says i really liked it, but as it is a band bio, it was, at times, tedious..almost, at times, really effing boring. but who cares, right? i have been going through, like, the second great awakening of loving the clash (maybe it's an every 20 years thing? maybe i ought to save the other decent bio for when i'm 55?), so it just isn't enough to listen to, talk about, think about the imperative to _learn shit_, too. joe strummer is, clearly, the best of the icons who seem too-good-to-be-true, but here is an entirely true story: When i learned that john mellor (or whatever his given name was) was convinced that rock musicians were like mythological figures until he got giddy for woody guthrie and decided that he, too, could fight fascists on guitar, i was so fired up that i wanted to tell everybody! how is it that i never put that together?! of COURSE joe strummer was into woody guthrie (talk about a roots rock rebel, right?)! anyhow, i even told my dad all about strummer and guthrie (and also how the name "strummer" was another way to cut-up on himself for his supposedly 'clumsy' playing)...and, as a result of this conversation, my dad dusted off, tuned, and started playing his old guitar again. really!


For anyone who isn't jaded enough about punk rock, this is the book for you! What do you get when you mix a Woody Guthrie worshipping pubrocker, a couple wahed-up glamrockers, a reggae fanboy who can't play bass, and a several drummers of varying importance? Throw in a tyrannical manager, and you might just have something. A definite good read that any fan of the Clash won't be able to put down.


A great book about one of the best bands ever. It's a very entertaining story, and really makes you feel what it must've been like to be in London in the late 70s. I also love the epilogue, which is a great tribute to Joe Strummer, who passed away before the book was published.

Richard Herbert

not as good as last gang in town

Timo Vuorensola

Kattava ja läpikotainen, kelvollisesti käännetty The Clashin elämäkerta, joka opasti minut syvemmälle punkin hämmentäville alkulähteille. Kirja antoi myös paljon inspiraatiota ja innostusta, ja mikä tärkeintä, ajoi levykauppaan ja The Clashin tuotantoa hankkimaan. Mielenkiintoinen musiikkielämäkerta muillekin kuin The Clashin faneille.

Mic Wright

I've read just about every current book on The Clash and none of them hold a candle to this one.

Naomi Krokowski

A book that honors The Only Band That Matters. Thorough but moves briskly, full of admiration for the complex characters that made up The Clash. I've spent years and untold hours enjoying and obsessing over their music and enjoyed getting to know how the alchemy and genius happened.


My other favorite Clash book

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