Seasonal Special Happenings

'Stealing' Thoughts

When: Thu., Jan. 22 2015

Randal Doane, assistant dean of studies at Oberlin College, was doing some research on music file sharing when he came across a digital download of the Clash’s 1979 concert at the Palladium in New York. It got him thinking. How could the British punk band, which wasn’t even that popular yet in the UK, fill a venue the size of the Palladium? He eventually started talking about the concert with New York DJs and realized he had a book’s worth of material. The resulting tome, Stealing All Transmissions: A Secret History of the Clash, uncovers some of the reasons the band found a stateside following. The book takes a heady behind-the-scenes look at the events that led to the 1979 Palladium performance (the one that delivered the famous photo of Paul Simonon wielding his guitar like an ax). Doane reads from Stealing All Transmissions tonight at 7 p.m. in the reading room of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Library and Archives on Tri-C’s metro campus. The venue opens at 6:30 p.m. A book signing follows. The event is free with a reservation. (Niesel)

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