grainy black and white image of The Clash and their fans in concert.

We Are the Clash: Reagan, Thatcher, and the Last Stand of a Band That Mattered

by Mark Andersen Author and Ralph Heibutzki Author

A gripping story of the Clash's attempt to keep it together in the early 80s, as the world fell apart around them. The band's importance and also its struggles are shown in light of the political history of the times: the Cold War, coal strikes, US violence in Central America, and Reagan and Thatcher striking out against the poor and working classes. Extensive archival research and interviews with nearly every key player add up to a powerful story of punk idealism butting up against commercial ambition and human vulnerability.