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Rated NR · 124 minutes · 2007

The life and times of "punk rock warlord" Strummer, leader of the Clash, shows the rowdy Englander to be more than just the chart-busting brains behind "London Calling" and "Rock the Casbah" in the late-‘70s-early ‘80s. Filmmaker Julien Temple's rat-a-tat doc (he performed a similar service for the Sex Pistols with The Filth and the Fury) proves that Strummer's multi-culturalism was no accident, and that the Clash's popularity among people of color was intentional, the product of Strummer's upbringing as a diplomatic brat in Egypt, Mexico, etc. Best of all, Temple showers us with images from those wacky times: the squats, the riots, the bands, the admirers (Scorsese, Joe Ely, et al.), and Joe's guest shot on South Park (124 min., 2007).
Director: Julien Temple
Writer: Julien Temple
Producer: Anna Campeau, Alan Moloney and Amanda Temple
Cast: Joe Strummer, Mick Jones, Topper Headon, Don Letts, John Cusack, Steve Buscemi and Terry Chimes



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