The Sex Pistols, The Damned and The Clash were the originators of British punk rock. In 1976, they were a three-pronged attack on the self-satisfied rock elite and the inspiration to a new generation of music fans: the fans that would define the future. Putting The Dammed in context for the first time, Smashing It Up is the history of this important band and their original members. It's also packed with their encounters with Marc Bolan, America, members of Pink Floyd, and their always strained relationship with the music business. Smashing It Up draws on interviews by the author with the original band members, as well as its associates and eye witnesses to their chaotic journey.
Kieron Tyler contributes to MOJO magazine, the leading British music monthly. He also writes for The Arts Desk, the UK's first professional critical website and winner of the Best Specialist Journalism Site at the Online Media Awards 2012. He is The Arts Desk's reissue CDs editor. His writing has also appeared in Billboard, Q, The Guardian, The Independent, Music Week, Les Inrockuptibles (France), Rumba (Finland), Ugly Things, the European Commission's 12 Star Culture and Rockfort, the website covering the best in French music and culture.
* 40th anniversary of Damned, Damned, Damned was Feb 2017 * Touring overseas in May * Announced a new album on August 2016 (still not released)