Paul Simonon’s Fender Precision bass, smashed onstage during a September 21, 1979 Clash gig at New York’s Palladium, a moment in time which was caught on film by photographer Pennie Smith and subsequently used as the cover artwork for the The Clash’s London Calling album, is to go on permanent display at the Museum of London later this month.
Previously included in The Clash: London Calling exhibition at the museum from November 2019 to September 2020, the bass guitar is now being featured in a world city gallery, which tells the story of London from the 1950s to today. Other artefacts chosen for the exhibition, which will open from July 23, include a Vespa scooter, the Bill and Ben string puppets from the popular kids’ TV show, and swimming trunks which diver Tom Daley wore at the 2012 London Olympics.
Speaking of his memories of smashing the instrument in New York, Simonon has said, “The show had gone quite well, but for me, inside, it just wasn’t working well, so I suppose I took it out on the bass. If I was smart, I would have got the spare bass and used that one, because it wasn’t as good as the one as I smashed up. ”
Smith’s iconic photograph was once cited as the best rock ’n’ roll photograph of all time by the now defunct Q magazine.
“It wasn’t a choice to take the shot,” Smith told The Guardian in 2019. “My finger just went off. You can’t really tell it’s Paul. But I guess that’s the point.”
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- The Clash - The Story Of The Clash Volume 1 - UK - 2-LP vinyl set - £45.00, $62.55, €52.65 (New Item) (arrived 26-Jul-2021 17:05)on August 3, 2021 at 11:47 pm
THE CLASH The Story Of The Clash Volume 1 (1988 UK 28-track double LP compilation, housed in a picture sleeve complete with illustrated narrative inners. The sleeve shows minimal wear and the vinyl looks barely played - recommended!)
- The Clash - The Cost Of Living EP - EX - UK - 7" vinyl - £20.00, $27.80, €23.40 (New Item) (arrived 05-Jul-2021 11:53)on August 3, 2021 at 11:47 pm
THE CLASH The Cost Of Living (1979 UK 4-track 7" vinyl EP including I Fought The Law, Groovy Times, Capitol Radio and Gates Of The West. The gatefold pocket picture sleeve comes with its picture inner and shows a little scuffing with the odd cosmetic mark while the vinyl remains in excellent condition)
- The Clash - White Man In Hammersmith Palais - Punk Art Sleeve - UK - 7" vinyl - £75.00, $104.25, €87.75 (New Item) (arrived 08-Jun-2021 10:50)on August 3, 2021 at 11:47 pm
THE CLASH White Man In Hammersmith Palais - Punk Art Sleeve (2020 UK limited edition vinyl 7" from London artist & musician MAL-ONE featuring his '430 Kings Road' track in an exclusive Clash decollage picture sleeve using original classic artwork images and ephemera of the artist. The Giclee printed spined cover on 315gsm Heritage paper is one of a collection of original punk 45 releases reworked into an exclusive limited edition of just 20 hand-numbered copies per release (the lowestnumber in stock at the time of order will be sent), each signed and authenticated by the artist MAL-ONE and franked with his Punk Art safety pin motif. The Second Series of 14 x Punk Art 7" sleeves designed from using the artists own personal punk collection and mixing the 7” single and iconic images from the punk rock era into a modern art form)
- The Clash - Tommy Gun - UK - 7" vinyl - £15.00, $20.85, €17.55 (New Item) (arrived 14-Jun-2021 12:39)on August 3, 2021 at 11:47 pm
THE CLASH Tommy Gun (1978 UK solid centre 7" vinyl single, also including 1-2 Crush On You. Both the picture sleeve and vinyl remain in excellent condition CBS6788)
- The Clash - Cut The Crap - UK - vinyl LP - £25.00, $34.75, €29.25 (New Item) (arrived 16-Jun-2021 14:32)on August 3, 2021 at 11:47 pm
THE CLASH Cut The Crap (1985 UK 12-track vinyl LP including This Is England, Dictator and We Are The Clash, picture sleeve with lyric inner. The sleeve shows minimal wear and the vinyl looks barely played)