Ongoing History Daily: Poverty-stricken Clash

In the beginning, the Clash, like most of the punk brethren back in the middle 1970s, was poor. And I mean REALLY poverty-stricken. 

During the winter of 1976, the band was living in the warehouse where they rehearsed.  One night, after spending the day putting up posters for their next gig, they returned to the warehouse for supper.  However, the cupboard was bare.  They were so hungry that they turned on the hot plate and cooked up the remaining flour and water paste they had used to glue up the posters–and ate that for dinner.

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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