The Clash is an English rock band formed in London in 1976. They are considered one of the originators of British punk rock, and for a lot of people, their music is the sound of a generation. One of their famous albums London Calling celebrates its 40th anniversary this December.
Especially for the occasion, the Museum Of London will stage an exhibition about the band and the conception of their third album. The exhibition will run from November 15 until Spring 2020 with free entry for all.
The exhibition will showcase draft lyrics, stage clothes, photos and films previously unseen including London Calling draft lyrics. But also, the Fender guitar of Paul Simonon which was smashed at the Palladium in New York City in September 1979.
Even more deeply into The Clash intimacy, the exhibition will feature Mick Jones handwritten album sequencing notes, drummer Topper Headon’s drumsticks, and Joe Strummer’s typewriter used to document ideas, lyrics and other writings
Beatrice Behlen, senior curator of fashion and decorative arts at the Museum of London said about the exhibition, “At the Museum of London, we tell the stories of our capital through the objects and memories of the people who have lived here″.
To coincide with the anniversary, Sony will be releasing a special edition of the album which will include a book titled London Calling Scrapbook full of handwritten lyrics, notes and photos from when the album was made, and for National Album Day on October 11, the London Calling album will be re-released.