Public television gets its March pledge drive music programming in gear this week with two of the season’s highly anticipated specials.
First up is “The Clash Live: Revolution Rock,” which features excerpts from the forthcoming DVD of the same name. Produced by longtime Clash associate Don Letts — who formed Big Audio Dynamite with Mick Jones after the guitarist left the Clash in 1983 — the show features performances from April 1977 in the U.K. near the start of the group’s career, its 1982 opening spot for the Who at New York’s Shea Stadium and its appearance at the 1983 US Festival, plus a 1981 interview on NBC’s “The Tomorrow Show with Tom Snyder.” The Clash special premieres at 11:30 p.m. Saturday (March 1) on WTVS, Channel 56 in Detroit.
Then, at 9 p.m. Wednesday (March 5), WTVS airs Great Performances’ “James Taylor: One Man Band,” a mostly solo recitation of some of Taylor’s biggest hits that was filmed in July 2007 with Academy Awardwinning director Sydney Pollack. Throughout the show Taylor accents performances of “You’ve Got a Friend,” “Fire and Rain,” “Carolina on My Mind” and “Shower the People” with comments and anecdotes. The show also includes never-before-seen home movies and personal photographs.
More information about the programs is available at www.wtvs.org.