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Carbon/Silicon's Mick Jones and Tony James Talk Ferris Bueller, Fascism; Plus Watch Three Live Songs

December 26, 2007 12:47 PM ET

"The great thing about the Internet is they don't know we're really old," joked Mick Jones, hanging backstage before a recent gig with his latest band, the file-sharing-friendly Carbon/Silicon. Click above to watch the onetime Clash guitarist and his Carbon/Silicon bandmate Tony James (formerly of Generation X) quote Ferris Bueller, explain how they've made it in the business for so long ("keep taking your medication") and discuss how the spirit of Seventies punk lives on today. "Music is a great way of raising debate," Jones says. "[Kids today] look back at the cool days, and some of those cool things were really good, like stand up against fascism."

Plus, here are three live performances from the Carbon/Silicon show at New York's Highline Ballroom:

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