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The Rise and Fall of The Clash DVD

Studio: Shout! Factory

Jun 13, 2014 Issue #50 - June/July 2014 - Future Islands Bookmark and Share

Where the 2000 documentary The Clash: Westway to the World closes its book on The Clash’s history with the end of the Mick Jones era, this 2012 film picks up the seeds of the band’s disintegration and delves deeply into the rest of the story.

Interviews with a warmly forthcoming Jones, original drummer Terry Chimes, and other insiders describe the wavering late-period Clash trajectory driven by Joe Strummer and their controversially influential band manger Bernie Rhodes. Whether or not fans take seriously the band’s final lineup, recollections from the three young guns brought in with the ejection of Jones are poignant and sadly enlightening.

Strummer’s idealized hopes of a return to basics included the much-maligned 1985 Cut the Crap album and an acoustic, on-the-street busking tour. But by the time Strummer realized the flaws in some key decisions and went chasing after his former partner, the formation of Jones’ Big Audio Dynamite had already canceled his dream of a joint return to glory. (

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