Stealing All Transmissions begins in 1977 when select rock journalists and DJs aided The Clash's quest to depose the rock that dominated American airwaves. This history situates The Clash amid the cultural skirmishes of the 1970s and culminates with their September 1979 performance in NYC, which concluded with Paul Simonon treating his bass like a woodcutter's axe. The book represents a distinctive take on the history of punk, for no other book gives proper attention to the forces of free-form radio, long-form rock journalism or Clash bootleg recordings.
"Although The Clash are one of the most chronicled of punk bands, Doane's history stands apart, because it dwells on how the band found America - and equally, how the music business, media and ardent fans discovered them - and forged a new landscape of popular culture." --"Big Takeover"
Randal Doane is an assistant dean at Oberlin College. He has published essays and articles on music and aesthetics, illegal file-sharing, Ralph Ellison, Sigmund Freud, Brian Wilson, and Bruce Springsteen, and blogs about the post-punk era at stealingalltransmissions.wordpress.com. He lives in Oberlin, Ohio. Barry "the Baker" Auguste served as backline roadie and drum tech for the Clash from 1976 to 1983. He blogs periodically at thebaker77.wordpress.com. He lives in Philadelphia.