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A great doc about a great band
, 28 Feb. 2003
This review is from: The Clash: Westway To The World [DVD] (DVD)
The Clash in my opinion were the greatest band ever conceived, they were smart, they took punk to new areas and remained the western world that there was other music outside of pop, rock and even punk. It's only fitting that Don Letts (Mick Jones' band mate in big Audio Dynamite &) Clash's video maker among other talents should make this documentary about them, which charts the band members from their early years to the bands destruction in the mid eighties.
The doc is made up of interviews with the main members Joe, Mick, Paul and Topper as well as others who were in connection with the group most notably Terry Crimes and Guy Stevens. The rest of the doc is filled with footage from the period, and from Letts' old clash film 'Clash on Broadway' (the remnants of this doc are featured in the special features section). The dvd is a great treat for fans and is just as interesting for music fans in general. Fans of recently deceased Joe will remember his fire and his shortcomings. The film is of course, dominated by live recordings and clips of the clash, this makes the doc flow and remain pacey, admittedly a chapter screen is a little over used.
On the dvd, the special features contain extra interview footage, which are as valuable as what was left in the doc. We get an excellent photo gallery dominated by long time Clash photographer Pennie smith, a genius in her own right. Plus, most notably is a picture gallery with music plying in the background! Top marks for a dvd bothering! Also there is the Don Lett's 'Clash on Broadway' from 1981 which is missing a large chunk of its original footage, but is interesting especially for fans.
This is a dvd which fans will treasure. On the negative side it's a shame there's none of the bands videos or a live gig of the clash on dvd yet. But so far this is the best clash release on video or dvd. Magnificent!
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