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The Clash On Tour

Stephen Demorest, Creem, May 1979

DURING THE ten days between February 7 and 17, 1979, the people of Iran toppled the Shah; the American ambassador was assassinated in Afghanistan; President Carter was publicly reprimanded by the president of Mexico; Rhodesia launched air strikes against Zambia; a nervous China invaded Vietnam; and Britain's premier punk band, the Clash, played their first tour of the United States. All around the globe, the underdogs were snapping at the heels of the fat cats, making them very jumpy.

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