1 SISTER CALLED REBECCA
BIRTHPLACE AND BEYOND?
BORN IN CUCKFIELD HOSPITAL, SUSSEX, BROUGHT UP IN CRAWLEY - MOVED TO BRIGHTON AT 18 AND STAYED
NONE REALLY ALTHOUGH I DID GO TO SEE CRAWLEY PLAY BRIGHTON ONCE - CRAWLEY LOST 5-0!
FIRST RECORD BOUGHT?
THE FIRST ONE I REMEMBER WAS THE CLASH ‘ENGLISH CIVIL WAR’ I HAD OTHER EMBARRASSING ONES BEFORE THAT BUT I DIDNT ACTUALLY BUY THEM!
I PLAY BASS GUITAR, MANDOLA (BIG MANDOLIN THING) AND A BIT OF GUITAR VERY BADLY!
FIRST BAND JOINED?
A BAND CALLED ‘THE LOWLIFE’ WHEN I WAS AT SCHOOL
JOE STRUMMER, NEIL YOUNG, BOB MARLEY, CHRISTY MOORE
FIRST GIG YOU WENT TO?
THE CLASH AT CRAWLEY LEISURE CENTRE IN 1979
FAVOURITE LEVELLERS GIG?
TOO MANY TO MENTION
FAVOURITE LEVELLERS SONG?
PROBABLY ‘ENGLAND MY HOME’
DONE ALL THE MUSICAL THINGS YOU COULD EVER WANT TO DO SO MY NEW AMBITIONS ARE PROBABLY TO DO WITH PAINTING AND ARTWORK
Over the last 15 years your lyrics have been an inspiration to people like me who want to help create a peaceful, happy world again. In spite of all the hope, evil appears to be at its zenith with the rising tide of violence, moral corruption and materialism. Do you still have a role to play in addressing the urgent need of our times or have you said all that needs to be said? Do you think we want a better world badly enough? (Mick)
Oh yeah, we got plenty to say. Funny how the old global powers collapse the USSR for instance – a new “enemy” arises, Global terrorism! And this “new” enemy is allowing our government – with our consent (cos its new and scary and were scared of new things) to erode more personal liberty than at the height of the cold war. Now I’m not a conspiracy theorist – but it does look mighty fishy!
Ever met or seen The Clash live - read on...
Are you a Clash fan? Did you ever meet the band? Did you ever play in a band who supported The Clash? Have you got an interesting story to tell? I am a researcher working with best-selling author John Niven (Kill Your Friends) and we'd like to hear from you for a forthcoming book to be published by Random House...
'A Good Place Under the Lighting: an Oral History of The Clash'
No band made more of an effort to meet their public than The Clash. As band biographer Pat Gilbert noted, out of the hundreds of thousands of people who saw them live, it sometimes seemed like The Clash met every single one. Shortly before his death Joe Strummer said, ‘We changed lives. Made people go to university. Stopped them from jumping off bridges. People come up and tell me every day.’
This book will try, in some small way, to gauge the depth of this statement. We're looking to speak to who saw and met the group at every stage of their career - from the pub dates of '76 to the stadiums and arenas of '82. If you have an interesting story about an encounter with the band - it can be small or big, funny or serious - please drop me a line at the email address here...
We're especially interested in anyone who might have a photograph of themselves with the band.
John Niven is the best selling author of Kill Your Friends, which has been described as 'the best novel ever written about the music industry' (The Times) and 'the most exciting British novel since Trainspotting'. (Word). 'A Good Place...' is his first non-fiction book.
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