The Clash

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Decades: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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The Clash at first tucked in snugly behind punk’s loudest noise, the Sex Pistols (whom they supported on ‘the Anarchy tour’), but later became a much more consistent and intriguing force as possibly the greatest rock ‘n’ roll band of the late 70s and early 80s. Guitarist Mick Jones (Michael Geoffrey Jones, 26 June 1955, Brixton, London, England) had formed London SS in 1975, whose members at one time included bass player Paul Simonon (b. 15 December 1955, London, England) and drummer Topper Headon (b. Nicholas Bowen Headon, 30 May 1955, Bromley, Kent, England). Joe Strummer (b. John Graham Mellor, 21 August 1952, Ankara, Turkey, d. 22 December 2002, Broomfield, Somerset, England) had spent the mid-70s fronting a pub-rock band called the 101ers, playing early rock ‘n’ roll-style numbers such as ‘Keys To Your Heart’. The early line-up of the Clash was completed by guitarist Keith Levene (b. Julian Keith Levene, 18 July...

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