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Watch a New BBC Documentary on the Clash

Look, no one wants to work today.  It’s early January. You’ve spent the last week eating too much, drinking too much and probably sleeping too much.  You’re exhausted from all the family stuff. The last thing that you want to do is go back to work–especially since it’s so damn cold over a huge swath of North America this week.

Best just ease into reality again with this brand new BBC documentary called The Clash: New Year’s Day ’77, which first aired in the UK on January 1.  It features some of the earliest (and mostly unseen) footage of the Clash ever taken.  More at Slicing Up Eyeballs.

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3 thoughts on “Watch a New BBC Documentary on the Clash

  • I remember buying the Clash’s first album and not really getting what punk was all about.
    Its only years later when the music became more mainstream that I could appreciate it.

  • On January 25th 1977,they signed with CBS Records.Some thought the Clash was the last bastion of the Political Left,and that
    They had sold out to a major corporation.

  • “All the power us in the hands of people rich enough to buy it
    While we walk the streets too chicken to even try it”(White Riot)

    Radio didn’t welcome them with open arms.


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