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Penny Valentine, The History of Rock, 1983

IF THERE WAS one band that successfully rose above punk’s swift and premature decline, it was the Clash. Although historically the Sex Pistols remain the most important mid-Seventies group for their shattering effect on the complacency of the music business, it was the Clash’s achievement to hone and structure punk’s original wildly anarchistic intent into a more mature and durable form.

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