A Riot of Our Own by Johnny Green
Night and Day with the Clash

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Johnny Green was a footloose slacker who loved punk rock, stumbled into being a roadie for the Sex Pistols, then tripped again into a job pushing sound equipment for the Clash and driving their beat-up van to performances in the mean industrial towns of England. Disaffected youth anointed the Clash as their spokesmen and made the group synonymous with punk itself in the late 1970s. Eventually becoming the band's road manager, Green had a unique vantage point from which to witness the burgeoning punk rock movement while helping the band in their perpetual search for women, booze, and drugs. Green was with the Clash when they conquered America, bringing with them their bad behavior and great music, and burning out after their third, too-long tour. Written in a tell-it-as-it-was style and accompanied by contemporaneous drawings by Ray Lowry, who tagged along with the Clash on their American tour as their official "war artist," A Riot of Our Own pierces the heart of the culture and music of punk rock and the people who lived it.
 

About Johnny Green

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Green, after leaving the Clash, became an education advisor on sex and drugs. Barker is a freelance writer and journalist. Lowry is an artist and Cartoonist for NME, the Observer, and Punch.
 
Published February 12, 1999 by Faber & Faber. 240 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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Without excessively touting his influence on band members, Green (aided by British freelance writer Barker) reveals how his presence gently affected them: he introduced them to the music of country guitar legend Joe Ely (who opened for them on a leg of their 1980 US tour), for instance.

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Green was road manager for the Clash in the late 1970s and his account of the band's life reads like a training manual for his current job as a sex and drug education adviser. Green's tale, coauthored

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Green was road manager for the Clash in the late 1970s and his account of the band's life reads like a training manual for his current job as a sex and drug education adviser.

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