A Riot Of Our Own
By Johnny Green & Gary Barker 1997
Passed on from my windswept Backpool collaborator Mitch Elsden.
This cartoony paperback collects together the thoughts and views
by one of the Clash's roadies, a Mr Johnny Green.
Greeny humped cabs, collected fast food take-aways and generally wiped the
Westway's noses from 1977 - 1979. This was gonna be I had hoped a real full
bloodied Insight into the Strurnrner & Jones urban commando roadshow. But alas
that wasn't to be coz 'A Riot Of Our Own' was disappointingly a far way less
melodramatic affair than the cinematic 'Rudeboy' scenario. Maybe real life is just
bland. What we do get is a focused life of the dogsbody, cum official roadie, cum
tour manager side of the coin. If you want a band insight this ain't it. It's a web of
anecdotes and experiences gained from arseing around with the seminal Camden
based punk outfit. There's plenty of rehearsal room views and atmosphere but the
actual bands character are still as big of a mystery after reading this as ever. If you
want an in-depth Clash perspective your way better stepping into the monster of 'Last
Gang In Town' released a year earlier. Maybe it was coz the Clash had grown up too quick by the time our hero had
hitched a ride on the back of their combat fatigues, or they didn't have such outstanding personalities as the
Damned or the Pistols to make a big impact on this book? Even with a Joe Strummer forward and Ray Lowry
graphics this couldn't be saved from being a bit dull for the time and read just like an average road crew tale.
(**) £8.99 ISBNO-57540080-3
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