The Museum Of London to host exhibition on The Clash’s London Calling album

Paul Simonon’s broken bass guitar (c) The Clash archive

Paul Simonon’s broken bass guitar (c) The Clash archive

The Museum Of London will host a free exhibition on The Clash‘s London Calling to honour the legendary album’s 40th anniversary.

Among the over 100 items which will be put on display starting on November 15th are one of Joe Strummer’s notebooks from 1979; Paul Simonon’s Fender Precision bass, damaged on stage at The Palladium in New York City in September 1979 in a moment captured for the album’s now-iconic artwork; the handwritten album sequence note by Mick Jones; Joe Strummer’s typewriter and Topper Headon’s drumsticks.

“London Calling is The Clash’s defining album, a rallying call for Londoners and people around the world,” says Beatrice Behlen, Senior Curator of Fashion and Decorative Arts at the Museum of London.

“The album’s lyrics reflected contemporary concerns, many of which are still relevant today, as it moved away from traditional punk by adopting and reworking much wider musical influences. At the Museum of London, we tell the stories of our capital through the objects and memories of the people who have lived here.”

“This display will provide a brand new, exciting and vibrant take on this, showcasing rarely seen personal objects and telling the incredible story of how London Calling was, and for many still is, the sound of a generation.”

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