Festa Del Unita Italian Dates as part of the celebrations by the Italian Communist Party who's leader, Enrico Berlinguer, died june 11 1984.

updated 2 Sept 2016 with better audio information

Audio 1
Sound 2 - 1hr 39mins - high? - 26 tracks

Rock the Casbah

Audio 2 - different source
Sound 1.5 - 1hr 31mins - 1gen - 26 tracks
Distorted, misses the lat encore Bankrobber and Magnificent 7

Rock the Casbah

Audio 3 - better copy of source 1
Sound 2.5 - 1hr 28mins - gen? - 26 tracks
misses the lat encore Bankrobber and Magnificent 7

Rock the Casbah

This is a great little sequence of gigs for unusual renditions and jamming versions. Again London Calling opens with a long instrumental run up.

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La Stampa - 9 September 1984
Cronaca di una grande gionata

We are the Clash, subversive verses of songs as slogans - Joe Strummer: «The concert is peace» ROME - More than fifteen thousand people, piled between the stones and the dust of the Arena at the Unity festival, attended the other evening at the second Italian concert of the highly anticipated Clash (after Cava del Tirreni, Rome and Reggio Emilta, the group will stop tomorrow in Genoa and Tuesday in Turin). The historical formation of politicized rock appeared on stage at nine o'clock, in front of an audience decidedly available for involvement: more than the music proposed by Joe Strummcr (vocals), Paul Simon (bass), Vince White and Nick Sheppard (guitars) and Pete Howard (drums), people perhaps wanted to applaud a myth, a tradition. Under the writing -Sex style subversionm and against the background of a large display board covered with black and white photos, the c.lashes launched their classic opening call. And the audience replied: raising his fist, sometimes covered with white and black rags, according to the punk fashion, dancing, singing, shouting pleìia in a certain verse of songs that sound just like slogans.

From London calllng to Com- Joc Strummer, leader of Gash bat rock, from Are you ready for the war to Rock Casbah up to the celebrattsstma Radio Clash, Joe Strummer and his group did not spare themselves, even if a first disappearance from the they did it on stage after an hour and a half of music, with the audience who - still - showed no sign of moving. In the second round, they proposed other classics and only after eleven o'clock was the concert really over. • Politics is not everything in our music, but it is a fundamental aspect of life and therefore of our musical proposal »: Joe Strummer, tireless, with his blond hair band in the middle of his head and a red suit, he met after the show some journalists. "We have life within us - he said - for this we can win: only life can free us from the domination of the system". • You already have your American missiles - he continued - we in England have ours; but to fight for peace there is no reason to go to marches: our concert is peace, life is peace ». f. c.

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The dream of rock 'n' roll is that of rebellious and gritty music, which speaks to young people with their language and their energy, which has the strength to tell the life with a few words and two guitar chords and to express in this way, with simplicity and passion, the desires, anxieties and anger of generations of teenagers from all over the world.

Clash, there is no doubt, are the embodiment of this dream, the image of a youthful myth that does not want to die, a music that needs nothing more than passion, energy, strength to run to the step with the world, with everyday life.

Forgetful and lashing guitars, songs sung with your heart in your throat, here is the simple and always effective formula that the Clash propose live and that once again captured the hearts of the public, more than thirty thousand people who gathered in the Roman arena of the National Day of "Unity", to acclaim the last rock 'n' roll heroes, the only ones perhaps, together with Bruce Springsteen, who still manage to make teenagers dream.

A population of young people who still gather in a few occasions in such a compact way, and who makes adolescence the reason for their strength: difficult to find in the multitude of Friday nights someone who was more than twenty years old and who did not have the desire to find Clash songs a match with his feelings.

And in fact the concert was mainly made of emotions, but not of good music, because the Clash, children of the most rigorous punk, have long banned the technique to rely on immediacy, on the spontaneity of the feeling that they manage to build with those who listen to them, and ask to be able to hear, albeit for one night, in the center of the world.

Joe Strummer, leader of this band of "desperados" of rock-n 'roll who plays memorable songs in an unsteady and enthralling way, certainly does not lack charisma and grit when he intones with his hoarse voice the songs that made Clash great , from I 'm so bore with Usa, to Tommy Gun, from Radio Clash to Jennifer Jones, favoring the old repertoire of punk' n 'roll to the punk and reggae atmospheres.

The group as a whole could have done better, but no one else would have known how to involve thousands and thousands of young people in a bedlam. (it's at)

09 September 1984 sect.

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London Calling
This is Radio Clash
Safe European Home
Career Opportunities
Are You Ready For War
Police On My Back
White Man In Ham Palais
Three Card Trick
Complete Control
Police and Thieves
Rock the Casbah
The Guns Of Brixton
Sex Mad War
I Fought the Law
Brand New Cadillac
I'm So Bored with the USA
Junco Partner
Janie Jones
Tommy Gun
English Civil War
Clash City Rockers
White Riot
The Magnificent Seven

There are several sights that provide setlists but most mirror www.blackmarketclash.co.uk. They are worth checking.

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A collection of interviews, features, articles and tour information from April to August 1984.

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L'Unita - 30 August 1984 pg12

L'Unita - 6th September 1984 pg8

L'Unita - 6th September 1984 pg9

L'Unita - 7 September 1984 pg8

la Repubblica - 9 September 1984

The dream of rock 'n' roll is that of rebellious and gritty music, which speaks to young people with their language and their energy, which has the strength to tell the life with a few words and two guitar chords and to express in this way, with simplicity and passion, the desires, anxieties and anger of generations of teenagers from all over the world.

La Stampa - 9 September 1984

L'Unita - 9 September 1984 pg14

L'Unita - 11 September 1984 pg9

L'Unita - 11 September 1984 pg15

L'Unita - 17 September 1984 pg16
(English translation)

Tour dates - La Stampa – 25 July 1984
La Stampa archives

Vince White's view

Rockerilla Mag No50 (Italy) Oct 84
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The Clash by di Stefania Bochicchio Oct 84
2 pages only

Ciao 2001 (22.04-1984) (italian 1984 music magazine)

Check out Vince White's Clash biog, The Last Days of the Clash page 174

We Are The Clash: Reagan, Thatcher, and the Last Stand of a Band That Mattered
By Mark Andersen, Ralph Heibutzki

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The Clash - Toronto Bus Interview April 1984

Joe Strummer interviewed by Lisa Robinson for WNYC?

This 2-part interview presents polar extremes of Joe Strummer. The first part most likely takes place in late 1983, after Mick Jones left the band but before the new Clash line-up started touring together. The majority of this segment involves Strummer heatedly discussing all the reasons Jones was fired. He then goes on to talk animatedly about the new incarnation of the band and how everyone in America is on drugs.

In the second part of the interview, recorded in the beginning of 1984, Strummer sounds melancholy and exhausted. However, with the departure of Mick Jones from The Clash being old news by this point, Lisa Robinson is able to steer the questioning towards what Strummer makes of performing, success, and his music.

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00:00 Why Mick was fired: emotional blackmail
01:15 Bitterness
01:56 Success vs. personal problems
02:48 Mick's vision for the band / guitar synth
03:59 Who/what constitutes The Clash
06:10 Making a not-so-great Clash album: Combat Rock
07:05 Glyn Johns saves Combat Rock (as per Joe Strummer)
07:55 Glyn Johns ruins Combat Rock (as per Mick Jones)
08:35 Forcing Mick Jones to sing "Should I Stay or Should I Go?"
10:22 An honorable way for a band to go out
11:00 The two new guitarists (Vince White, Nick Sheppard)
11:39 Hoping to be possessed
12:40 A divorced writing partnership with Mick / "Death is a Star"
14:02 Writing with Paul Simonon / road-testing new songs
14:55 Pete Howard on drums
15:07 Recording a new album
15:49 The US Festival
16:46 Everybody in America is on drugs
18:29 [phone]: Mick Jones' response

Part 2
00:00 Other aspirations / graphic artist
00:51 Growing up with a diplomat father
01:57 A feeling of homelessness
02:29 Slagged for being middle-class
02:59 The reaction in Britain to the disbanding of The Clash
03:45 Taking some criticisms to heart
04:25 Not enjoying playing in stadiums
05:45 Crowd behavior / whose fault
07:13 The ideal performing situation
07:49 Pros and cons for The Clash getting bigger
08:30 Avoiding the problems of The Who
09:09 The commercial success of Combat Rock
10:48 [A false start]
11:07 Joe's opinion of The Clash's music
12:11 Musical influences
12:45 The blues boom of the 60's in Britain
15:05 Re-selling R&B to the U.S.

Joe Strummer Interview Ltd Edition picture disk

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