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Clash Week: Let’s take humanity back into the centre of the ring

April 18, 2010

THIS WEEK I will be posting pieces inspired by interviews recorded by members of  The Clash during the production of the wonderful Don Letts’ documentary ‘From Westway to the World’.
I’ve been lucky enough to get an audio CD sent out to US radio stations for promotional use after the re-release of the box set ‘The Clash on Broadway’ near the end  of the 1990s. Much thanks has to be given to my Widnesian mate Tony Dagnall who snaffled said CD in Ed McKay’s, the record and book shop he works for in Winston Salem, North Carolina.
The CD looks like it has been sold by someone attached to college radio station of Wake Forest University in Winston Salem.
At the end of the day, humanity is what The Clash, and particularly Joe Strummer, means to me.
Ed Hamell, the one man acoustic guitar wielding colossus, got it right many years ago in his Uncut magazine column when he said anyone who attacks the Clash for posturing or selling out misses the essential humanity at the heart of the majority of their greatest songs.
Joe’s spiel here says it all for me, I’ll be posting my thoughts and some more interviews for the next seven days.

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