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I Call On Joe Strummer — And Live to Tell About It!

Jon Young, Boston Rock, 16 April 1984

WHAT BECOMES a legend most? In the case of the Clash, overcoming the obstacles and carrying on, head held high. If you've followed their inconstant fortunes since the flowering of punk in '77, you expect turmoil from Joe Strummer and company. For example, the news in '82 that drummer Topper Headon had been fired for heroin use was just another chapter in the continuing saga. But the ouster last fall of co-leader/lead guitarist Mick Jones seemed more than even these stout-hearted men could survive. Could the group once billed as "the only band that matters" be mortal after all?

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