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:: The Rise And Fall Of The Clash

The Rise And Fall Of The Clash features previously unseen footage of the band at work and at play, interviews with the individual band members and with those who knew them well, and traces the downward trajectory of a band who were at one point “the biggest band in the world”. This is not a film that pulls any punches, but neither does it overlook the life-changing effect that The Clash brought to so many. Over 90 minutes it paints the fascinating inside story of rival, treachery and betrayal, and the internal band dynamics and managerial interference that ultimately led The Clash to self-destruct.

What happened when The Clash suddenly split in 1983 at the top of their game? Why did it happen? How could the management let it happen? What were Mick Jones, Paul Simenon and Joe Strummer thinking, and how the hell did they feel? ‘The Rise and Fall of The Clash’ tells the whole story. This is the real deal told by those who know - those who were there.

Three years in the making, The Rise and Fall of the Clash by Spanish filmmaker Daniel Garcia it gives explanations for the break-up vary depending on who’s being interviewed, and it’s not always easy to tell who’s telling the truth. Was it due to the political and musical angst of being a Top 10 hit? Or was a more personal madness to blame?

The absence of bass player Paul Simonon and the infamously tyrannically manager Bernie Rhodes are notable, and highlight just how bad things still are between the guys. But the gap they leave is more than made up for with the inclusion of latter-day band members, often overlooked in the official Clash history.