Why did The Clash want to be portrayed this way?
I'm not talking about the live footage, but rather the Ray Gange scenes. We all know these scenes with Gange were scripted and he was acting in them, but in many scenes all of the Clash, except Strummer but including Bernie Rhoades, are shown being a complete a-hole to this guy. Sure, Gange portrayed a total loser, but this film gives the impression that Topper, Paul, Mick, and Bernie are a cruel bunch of azzholes (whatever their shortcomings I don't believe this to be the case). So, why in hell would the Clash want to present themselves this way?
The musical footage aside, this film was a real mess. But I love it anyway for its glimpse into the past during a fertile time for British rock.