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The Clash

John Wilson reflects on the career of The Clash, with band members Mick Jones, Paul Simonon and Nicky 'Topper' Headon, and John's archive interview with the late Joe Strummer.

With John Wilson.

The Clash were the noisy sound of rebellion in the late 1970s, a band who refused to perform on Top of the Pops, sold their double album for the price of a single LP, and won an international audience and critical acclaim.

Three decades after their acrimonious split, band members Mick Jones, Paul Simonon and Nicky 'Topper' Headon re-unite to reflect on their career and their legacy, as they prepare to release a box set of all their music.

And from the Front Row archives, we hear from the band's charismatic front-man Joe Strummer, recorded in 1999, three years before his death at the age of 50: 'musicians don't know what they're doing in a creative way, it's more like blundering around - and certainly we had no idea what sort of impact we were going to make with our blunderings'.

Editor John Goudie.

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The Clash

The Clash Sound System and The Clash Hits Back will be released on 9th September.

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Role Contributor
Presenter John Wilson
Interviewed Guest Mick Jones
Interviewed Guest Paul Simonon
Interviewed Guest Nicky Headon
Interviewed Guest Joe Strummer
Editor John Goudie
Producer John Goudie

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