In conversation with The Big Issue, the punk icon delves into art, resilience, and the band's relentless drive for transformation.
In a recent interview with Adrian Lobb of The Big Issue magazine, Paul Simonon, the bassist for the legendary punk rock band The Clash, delved into the group’s unwavering commitment to their music and message during their time together. Simonon’s reflections offer a glimpse into the work ethic and drive that propelled The Clash to become one of the most influential bands in history.
Simonon reminisces about the band’s early days, noting how they were constantly on the move, writing and recording music, and touring. The Clash was known for their intense live performances, often playing multiple shows in a day. This unyielding work ethic contributed significantly to their success, but it also came at a cost. As Simonon points out, “We didn’t really take breaks, and that’s probably why we only lasted 10 years.”
Despite the challenges the band faced, Simonon believes that their dedication to their mission ultimately led to the creation of a body of work that continues to inspire and educate others. He says, “We left behind a lot of good work that people can still learn from and be inspired by.” The Clash’s music has transcended generations, and their influence can still be felt in the punk and rock scenes today.
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