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This review is from: Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten [DVD] (DVD)
This film is worthwhile viewing for any fans of the legendary rock band The Clash who were fronted by the charismatic Joe Strummer. Against a backdrop of amateur film footage, interviews and concert clips , the narrative tells the story of Strummer's life from his early days spent in boarding school and travelling the globe with his diplomat father to his latter days spent around campfires and touring with his new band. Most of the film of course deals with the heyday of Strummer and The Clash between 1977 and 1982 as the band's gritty punk music of their first few albums evolved into the more commercial reggae based music of their excellent "London Calling" and "Sandinista" albums.By the time "Combat Rock" was released in 1982 The Clash were mainstream rock artists making it big in America. Then Strummer dissolved the band. This film portrays Strummer as an idiosyncratic, passionate ,free spirited anti authority figure who was held in high esteem by his peers. I would have liked to have heard more of The Clash's music during the film and captions introducing the numerous interviewees would have helped as well.Overall this was an interesting insight into the late musician's life.