Ongoing History of New Music

Ongoing History Daily: The missed Clash reunion

The end of the Clash began late in the summer of 1983 when Joe Strummer fired Mick Jones. Joe was pretty old-school with his take on music while Mick was all about moving forward.

Things came to a head and Mick was tossed out.

But what a lot of people don’t realize is that Joe had second thoughts about firing Mick.

In 1986, Mick went on vacation to the Bahamas. One night when went to his rented villa, he found Joe waiting for him. He’d flown in, rented a bike and cycled around the island for two or three days trying to find Mick. Why? Because he wanted to reform the Clash.

That didn’t happen, but at least it erased some of the bad blood.

Yesterday’s Ongoing History Daily post was about Bob Moses.

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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