Randal Doane

Randal Doane

Randal Doane grew up in Northern California on a diet of casseroles, iceberg lettuce, and rockabilly. He spent decades collecting college degrees, and has published essays and articles on illegal file-sharing, Ralph Ellison, swing dancing, Sigmund Freud, The Ramones, and Malcolm McLaren. He taught sociology courses for ten years, worked as a dean at Oberlin College for ten more, and now serves as the mind and muscle behind Cadence Editorial Services in Northeast Ohio. In his spare time, he builds bicycle wheels and listens to vinyl records on his hi-fi. Randal also sends out the occasional transmission about music, prose, and baseball via @randaldoane and stealingalltransmissions.wordpress.com.

Stealing All Tranmissions awarded a Silver “IPPY” Award in the Popular Culture Category!


Stealing All Transmissions: A Secret History of The Clash

Stealing All Transmissions: A Secret History of The Clash

SKU: 9781629630298
Author: Randal Doane • Foreword by Barry “The Baker” Auguste
Publisher: PM Press
ISBN: 9781629630298
Published: 10/2014
Format: Paperback
Size: 6 x 9
Page count: 192
Subjects: Music-Punk/History-Media



Praise

Stealing is unlike anything else you’ve ever read about The Clash. The maneuvers by American radio DJs, music journalists, and record company execs are deftly woven into the band’s own story.”
—Barry “The Baker” Auguste, roadie for The Clash

“With Stealing All Transmissions, Randal Doane documents with wit and verve how The Clash leapt from the Westway to the USA in 1979 with the help of rock journalists and key deejays in the States. It was an honor to work with The Clash back in the day, and a pleasure revisiting those days through this book. It’s a must have for Clashophiles on both sides of the Atlantic.”
—Dan Beck, former senior vice president at Epic Records

Stealing is a must-read for music fans of all varieties, for it’s much more than a book about The Clash. With a captivating narrative and well-written prose, Stealing makes sense of what happened to free-form radio and the DIY ethic of punk, and deftly connects that history to the era of file-sharing and satellite radio. Don’t miss this book. Steal it if you must!”
—Michael Roberts, author of Tell Tchaikovsky the News: Rock ’n’ Roll, the Labor Question, and the Musicians’ Union, 1942–1968

“Randal Doane’s Stealing All Transmissions is not the story I was expecting from the title. Thankfully. We have all read those books about artists of all stripes (and zippers), from which we learn only about misery, malfeasance, and bad behavior. But this is not that book. The Clash is at the center of the story, but the heart of it belongs to other players. People drawn into the orbit who cared, who pushed both themselves and the band forward, who took risks because they felt and knew they were seeing and hearing a revolution. The people who were excited and inspired by the catalysts (The Clash), whose stories are integral to the core of the band’s American journey, and fascinating to finally read about, all in one place.
      I loved (and envied) The Clash—the gang of four who dressed better, who wore their hearts and mistakes on their zippered sleeves, and played songs with the force of racehorses bursting from the gate. A good number of people got it from the outset—and because of them as much as the band themselves, an even greater number eventually ‘got it.’ And they are still getting it.
      A large and raucous cheer to Randal Doane for choosing the near-mythical Baker to write the foreword. We are treated to nearly two books in one! Ladies and gentlemen, please raise your glasses and cans to Messrs. Doane and Auguste. A triumphant work from this unlikely Gang of Two.”
—Hugo Burnham, founder and drummer, Gang of Four, associate professor, New England Institute of Art


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