A Year in Books/Day 177: Rat Patrol from Fort Bragg The Clash

  • Title: Rat Patrol from Fort Bragg The Clash
  • Author: Alan Parker
  • Year Published: 2004 (Abstract Sounds Publishing)
  • Year Purchased: 2006/2007
  • Source: Unknown
  • About: As a highly detailed discography, albeit with a twist or two, this book is for die-hard fans only. What sets it apart from regular fare is the great love and enthusiasm that Alan Parker has for his subjects, his short but personal recollections of each release, and the nice array of quotes and photographs sprinkled between the data. It is hard for me to be so brief when it comes to Strummer/The Clash, but I will save my words for future reviews of other related books in my collection.
  • Motivation: I don’t believe in the concept of personal heroes, but I can say without artifice or exaggeration that Joe Strummer is partially responsible for making me the kick-ass person I am today.
  • Times Read: 2
  • Random Excerpt/Page 1: “On December 23rd, 2002 I was waiting at Heathrow Airport for a flight to Manchester to spend Christmas with my family. Just before our flight was due for boarding, Pete Wylie called me. Joe Strummer was dead. A heart attack at home, he was only 50 years old when he died. By the time I hit my hometown of Blackburn in Lancashire, the normal Christmas staples playing from pub jukeboxes had been swapped for a new ‘soundtrack’ of The Clash. This would continue for at least five days. My book was almost finished and my hero, one of the men who told me to do this project, was dead.”
  • Happiness Scale: 10

    Joe Strummer

    Joe Strummer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

2 thoughts on “A Year in Books/Day 177: Rat Patrol from Fort Bragg The Clash

  1. Thanks for sharing. I hadn’t heard of this book but now I’m definitely going to have to check it out. I’ve been alternating Streetcore and Live at Shea Stadium all week. Cheers.


    • You’re welcome. I came across the book quite by accident. I’d never heard of it before I saw it sitting on a shelf at some bookstore. But if it has to do with The Clash, I’m in! Streetcore is one of my all-time fave releases, ever. I walked out to Clash City Rockers at my wedding, so I guess I am a die-hard Joe/The Clash fan.


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