The Clash, Westway to the World

The Clash, Westway to the World

DVD - 2001
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A documentary about The Clash, composed entirely of interviews and footage.
Publisher: New York, NY : Sony Music Entertainment Inc., c2001
Edition: Director's cut, digitally mastered version
Description: 1 videodisc (107 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
ISBN: 9780738900827
Branch Call Number: DVD 782.42166 Cla


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Jun 27, 2018

I just borrowed the Clash CD The Singles which has all their hits. This DVD (2000) follows the band from formation to breakup. All members are interviewed and provide comments, insights, confessions. The band was part of the late 1970s punk scene. They had diverse musical tastes themselves from soul and funk to reggae. They were around the same time as the Sex Pistols and toured with them. They recall their visit to NYC when rap music was breaking and how the American music scene inspired them. The band released their Combat Rock album in 1982, it was in the American top-selling 5 albums, they played 17 shows in NYC because their shows sold-out so fast. A year later they had to break up. Joe Strummer passed away in 2002 (congenital heart disease – age 50). So it is interesting to hear their input and perspectives on the London punk scene, their success and their musical impressions from that era.

Oct 23, 2016

Fantastic!!! A must for any Clash fan.

Terrific, concise intro to probably the greatest First Wave UK Punk band there is, though a strong argument can be made for the Pistols. Where The Clash have it over Malcolm McLaren's band is the weight of their discography, which WESTWAY TO THE WORLD uses as an organizing principle. What you will come away with are some nuggets: The Clash were considered more Hippieish compared to the Artiness of the Sex Pistols; the debut eponymous THE CLASH was released after the followup GIVE 'EM ENOUGH ROPE in the U.S. because skittish execs at CBS thought THE CLASH sounded too hard; junkie drummer Topper Headon wrote the music for "Rock the Casbah"; by the time COMBAT ROCK came out in the spring of '82 the band had all but disintegrated; the last time Mick Jones played with The Clash was at Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak's Us Festival in May of 1983. The big takeaway for me was what a mensch Joe Strummer was. The guy appears totally without guile in the interviews and he always has something insightful to share. Be sure to watch the interview extras because they do not merely regurgitate the footage in the documentary. Paul Simonon, looking like someone who would be cast in a Guy Ritchie movie, also has interesting things to say.

CPL_Laura Jan 19, 2015

Directed by Don Letts, a musician and longtime friend of The Clash, this Grammy Award-Winner features interviews with all members of the classic lineup--including the late Joe Strummer--who speak with remarkable candor and humor about their music, politics and one another, and with genuine remorse over the conflicts that led to the band's demise.

Dec 11, 2009

Awesome documentary! If you like The Clash or just punk rock music in general, you'll like this!

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