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Issue No. 2319

Film: The Rise and Fall of The Clash

This documentary by Danny Garcia looks at the evolution of the iconic punk band from their early days gigging at small clubs in London to their run at Bond’s International Casino in Times Square in 1981 and beyond.

The film includes new or archival interviews with band members Mick Jones, Joe Strummer, Topper Headon, Paul Simonon, Nick Sheppard, Vince White, and Terry Chimes. It is goes on general release from 5 September.

Theatre: Horrible Histories—Vile Victorians

Horrible Histories is set to hit the stage this month. This show promises to shed light on questions about Victorian society—such as what exactly a “baby farmer” did—while looking behind the stigma surrounding “illegitimate” births.

It will also explore the misery of the mines and the filth of the factories. Vile Victorians looks set to be a fun exploration of the dark nature of capitalism’s history. The Terrible Tudors show is also on during the same four days.

Horrible Histories is on at Birmingham’s Town Hall, 25-29 September. Tickets cost between £12 and £16. Go to

Music: Motown’s Greatest Hits

This live show celebrates 50 years of the “sweet sound of Motown”. It features songs from legendary artists including The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, The Four Tops, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, The Jackson Five, The Isley Brothers and more.

It takes place on 15 September at Sheffield City Hall. Tickets cost £20.50 or £22.50. Go to

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Tue 4 Sep 2012, 17:52 BST
Issue No. 2319
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