DVR Rewind | The Clash New Years Day 1977

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Newly released footage of The Clash performing on New Years’ Day 1977 surfaced as part of a BBC documentary which originally aired on January 1. The Julien Temple directed film features 75 minutes of clips of The Clash’s gig at London’s Roxy nightclub in on January 1, 1977 interspersed with interviews and behind-the-scenes coverage of the seminal British punk band. It’s some of the earliest video captured of Joe Strummer leading the group that at that time had only been performing live for a few months.

This is how the BBC describes the doc:

Built around the earliest, until now unseen, footage of the Clash in concert, filmed by Julien Temple as they opened the infamous Roxy club in a dilapidated Covent Garden on January 1st 1977, this show takes us on a time-travelling trip back to that strange planet that was Great Britain in the late 1970s and the moment when punk emerged into the mainstream consciousness. Featuring the voices of Joe Strummer and the Clash from the time, and intercutting the raw and visceral footage of this iconic show, with telling moments from the BBC’s New Year’s Eve, Hogmanay and New Year’s Day schedules of nearly 40 years ago, it celebrates that great enduring British custom of getting together, en masse and often substantially the worse for wear, to usher in the New Year.

New Year’s Day is when we collectively take the time to reflect on the year that has just gone by and ponder what the new one might hold in store for us. Unknown to the unsuspecting British public, 1977 was of course the annus mirabilis of punk. The year in which the Clash themselves took off, catching the imagination of the nation’s youth. As their iconic song, 1977, counts us down to midnight, we’ll share with them and Joe Strummer, in previously unseen interviews from the time, their hopes and predictions for the 12 months ahead.

[h/t Consequence of Sound]