about the author

I was born in Sacramento, and grew up in Stockton, California, amid the most fertile soil on the planet, on a diet of casseroles and iceberg lettuce. As a kid, I remember seat-belt-free drives listening to rock oldies on AM radio and, on television, the hit singles from my father’s youth on Happy Days and Sha Na Na. When I was 13, a trip to the UK and continental Europe with the Boy Scouts of America ruined my prosaic musical tastes, and I returned home a devotee of punk and new wave.

While amassing a small collection of degrees (and shortly after), I taught courses in sociology mostly at New York University, Case Western Reserve University, and Oberlin College. I’ve also penned articles, mostly for an academic audience, on Sleater-Kinney, Hamell on Trial, illegal file-sharing, and Bourdieu, Marx, and Freud. In my spare time, I still listen to LPs on my hi-fi. Do reach me at randal.doane [at gmail] to make suggestions, say hello, or make a request.

In the event you’re looking for fellow Clash-o-philes on the web, do check out www.theclash.org.uk, where Mr. W.–an old classmate of the protagonists in “Stay Free”–has a host of nice photos in his narrative of his own life and The Clash. Tim, alas, has let theclashblog.com go mostly dormant, but it’s still an amazing archive of Clash stuff, good and B.A.D., as he notes. Maybe if enough folks buy him a cup of coffee, he’ll get things rolling again.

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