Gothamist just finished reading Please Kill Me and recently read that Lester Bangs book. Apparently there's nothing more punk rock than a book. So it's only fitting that another one deciphering the life and times of punk rock royalty has popped up. This one is called Let Fury Have the Hour: The Punk Rock Politics of Joe Strummer [by Antonino D’ Ambrosio]. And it comes with a kick ass rockshow at CBGB's [details below].
The book zeros in on (and you may have guessed this from the title) Joe Strummer, who in a typically apolitical time in punk rock confronted classism, racism and capitalism with his band The Clash. Lester Bangs credited the Clash with forging "the missing link between black music and white noise." On Friday December 17th (in Both Upstairs Gallery & Downstairs Lounge) others will celebrate this missing link at the book release party for Let Fury Have the Hour. Details are as follows...
Special Tribute Performances By:
Bicasso with the Volunteers
Special Guest Readers:
Fab 5 Freddy
And more Unannounced Special Guests! [ed. note: Gothamist loves it some unannounced special guests]
Plus, Special Film Presentations of: "Rude Boy," "Westway to the World," and "Mystery Train" & Special Mural Performance By Martinez Gallery.
Ticket price: $7 / Book price: $10.85 / Seeing Ted Leo and Chuck D in the same venue on the same night: Priceless.
[Thanks to Brooklyn Vegan for the heads up.]