This revealing programme goes back to the pre-Clash band’s days, The 101ers, featuring Joe Strummer, London SS and a mix of the mid 1970s UK punk scene. Through candid interviews with Clash front-man Mick Jones, drummer Topper Headon, Paul Simonon as well as historic interviews with Joe Strummer, this is the first time that the band have really aired their true story.
Blessed with two exceptional songwriters in Joe Strummer and Mick Jones, The Clash successfully fused punk, rock and reggae in music which was characterised by rousing calls to arms to the downtrodden underdog. The Clash’s outlaw image was bolstered by frequent brushes with the law, but the band also began to branch out into social activism. After achieving enormous success with hits including London Calling, White Riot and I Fought The Law, the band eventually began to fall apart in the mid-80s, finally imploding in 1986.
Told to the back-drop of Clash music, performance footage as well as archive interviews with those close to the band add to the inside-story: Sex Pistol Glen Matlock, Generation X Tony James, Buzzcocks Steve Diggle and Vince White, Mick Jones’ replacement in The Clash.
This documentary sees the band tell their own story. It may be over 20 years since their demise, but the The Clash’s legacy lives on, ensuring that they remain one of the most influential and exhilarating bands of all time.
Directed by Alan G Parker
Produced by Alison Dore and Ben Timlett