The Clash is a British punk rock band from London, England. This is one of the major quartets in the history of rock'n'roll and British punk rock. The group began its career in 1976 and dissolves in 1986. In 2003, the formation enters the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
His most important personalities are Joe Strummer and Mick Jones, both on guitar and vocals, as well as bassist Paul Simonon and drummer Topper Headon. His style, linked to the punk movement, is characterized by a protest rock where texts, "inhabited by an anarchist spirit", play a key role.
This band is also characterized by its ability to integrate different sounds into its music by tapping into the roots of its members' musical roots, including punk rock, rock, rockabilly, reggae, ska or again the dub >>>.
Originally composed of Joe Strummer, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon, Keith Levene and Terry Chimes (credited as Tory Crimes, a play on words, on their first LP), The Clash is formed at Ladbroke Grove>, in West London suburbs, in 1976, during the first wave of British punk. After the failure of their punk band with the provocative name London SS, with Tony James (future Generation X), Jones and Simonon recruit Joe Strummer, on the advice of their manager Bernie Rhodes, explaining that he " Assure but his group is shit ">>>. Strummer, his real name John Graham Mellor >>>, then slightly older than them, is the singer of The 101'ers, a nascent rock pub group. After two days of reflection, he accepts, seduced by the energy and potential offered by this new musical movement through a concert of Sex Pistols. Keith Levene (who will later join Public Image Limited), a friend of Mick Jones, joins them as a guitarist and songwriter in the band.