Author Archive for Mark Andersen

The Rise and Fall of The Clash Is Gripping, Important, But Has Holes

Few bands set their sights on such lofty musical or political terrain as British punk trailblazers The Clash. “Death or glory!” its members famously proclaimed, and for all the band’s internal contradictions, that wasn’t just rhetoric.
Its final leaps of faith are on display in The Rise and Fall of The Clash, a flawed but important [...]

A Close Viewing of Bad Brains: A Band in DC

In this week's Washington City Paper, Mark Andersen explores the history and current state of the influential hardcore band Bad Brains, the subject of a film showing at Silverdocs this week. Here, he takes a closer look at the documentary.

More than almost any other unit to rise out of the American hardcore-punk underground of the [...]