Friday, January 14, 2005

DVD Review – The Clash: Westway to the World

This is a fascinating video that combines extended interviews with the band members with snippets of concert footage. The format of the documentary is loosely chronological, following the band’s formation in London in the mid 1970’s to its eventual dissolution in the early 1980’s from substance and personality problems. The history of the band is a little sketchy due to the time constraints of a 90 minute program, but there are still some fascinating stories along the way. Joe Strummer in particular is a superb storyteller, and it’s a shame that his early death robbed us of what would have been a fascinating autobiography should he have chosen to write one. There are a couple of extra items in addition to the original film, more interviews and a short 20 minute film chronicling the band’s epic 17 night stand at Bonds in New York City. This is essential viewing for anyone interested in rock and roll history.

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