The Magnificent Seven

NEWSFLASH: Not much has changed since 1981. Well, a lot of things have, but the things that were making The Clash angry thirty-plus years ago are still making people angry. People still subject themselves to endless drudgery in the fruitless pursuit of a better life that’s always promised but never arrives. The media still puts out inane and absurd headlines about budgies as a bright distraction from the real issues festering society. Violence and income disparity are still a constant grim reality. And cops are still kicking gypsies with impunity. The anger and frustration of Thatcher-era English punks has only become more relevant in the intervening decades. Would that we could dismiss Joe Strummer’s social commentary as unrecognizably distant, but sadly enough, it still plays like it was written yesterday.


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