Wednesday, March 12, 2008

The Clash: Revolution Rock

Almost missed the show tonight, but caught it 10 minutes in. Great stuff!!



(From PBS.org):

- New 60-Minute Documentary Chronicles Live Performances From the Iconic Punk Pioneers at the Peak of Their Popularity -

THE CLASH LIVE: REVOLUTION ROCK is an electrifying new performance documentary film, compiling an extraordinary range of peak live concert and live studio performances and more from the Clash, the groundbreaking British band that defined and expanded the power of punk rock in the 1970s, 1980s and beyond. The program airs as part of the March 2008 pledge drive (check local listings) on PBS.

THE CLASH LIVE: REVOLUTION ROCK follows the transformation of the band, incorporating footage from all phases of the Clash's meteoric career, beginning with live-in-the-studio clips from 1979, crescendoing with triumphant concerts from clubland (London's The Music Machine, 1978) and theatres (the Lyceum, 1978, 1980) and climaxing with a transcendent blow-out performance at New York's Shea Stadium in 1982.

Formed in London during the first wave of punk-rock in 1976, the Clash, known by fans at the time as "The Only Band That Matters," became the most progressive and visionary rock band of its era, releasing five albums in six years, each a brave step into uncharted territory. Joe Strummer (guitar, vocals), Mick Jones (guitar, vocals), Paul Simonon (bass) and Topper Headon (drums) embraced the energy and confrontational attitude of punk. Refusing the limitations of any musical genre, the Clash incorporated elements of reggae, funk, dub, rap, hard rock and roots rockabilly into a continually evolving and challenging sound. Taking its name from the headlines of the day, the Clash wrote songs addressing the issues of class and race confronting the UK in the 1970s.

The Clash was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in January 2003, a month after the untimely passing of Joe Strummer, age 50, in December 2002.

Legacy Recordings will release a deluxe DVD edition of THE CLASH LIVE: REVOLUTION ROCK in March 2008.

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Cisum said...

I love The Clash