According to this profile of the Clash's front man and guiding conscience, Joe Strummer wept when he learned from a news report that "Rock the Casbah" had been inked on the side of a U.S. bomb dropped on Iraq. The story illustrates how easily political art can be hijacked by the other side, and it illuminates the anguish of a man who spent the last 20 years of his life wrestling with his legacy (Strummer died in 2002). Director Julien Temple, whose documentary The Filth and the Fury was the last word on the Sex Pistols, might have devoted this whole film (2007) to the Clash's well-polished legend. But by focusing on Strummer and giving a fair amount of screen time to his years in the wilderness before and after the Clash, Temple arrives at a more poignant and mature statement of what this committed band was all about.
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