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 - London Calling - VG - UK - 2-LP vinyl set - £60.00, $73.20, €69.60 (New Item) (arrived 29-Jun-2022 08:42)on June 29, 2022 at 7:34 pm
THE CLASH London Calling (Classic 1979 UK black & white CBS label 19-track double LP with uncredited extra track 'Train In Vain', housed in Ray Lowry's now legendary sleeve featuring an image of Paul Simonon smashing his Fender Precision Bass against the stage at The Palladium in New York on 21 September 1979, shot by Pennie Smith [the design a homage to Elvis Presley's debut]. Comes complete with the lyric inners. The cover grades VG with some light edge scuffing and a little discolouration on the reverse plus a little foxing on the inners. The vinyl discs themsleves appear in near as new condition. A top play copy CLASH3)
- The Clash - Should I Stay Or Should I Go/Straight To Hell + Sticker - UK - 7" vinyl - £30.00, $36.60, €34.80 (New Item) (arrived 15-Jun-2022 15:05)on June 29, 2022 at 7:34 pm
THE CLASH Should I Stay Or Should I Go/Straight To Hell (1982 UK solid centre AA-side 7" vinyl single, also including Straight To Hell. Superb flipback style card picture sleeve with rare artwork sticker. This copy remains near as new with unused sticker CBSA2646)
- The Clash - Clash City Rockers + Sleeve - UK - 7" vinyl - £15.00, $18.30, €17.40 (New Item) (arrived 10-Jun-2022 13:18)on June 29, 2022 at 7:34 pm
THE CLASH Clash City Rockers (1978 UK solid centre 7" vinyl single with 'the CLASH' print on graduated orange labels, also including Jail Guitar Doors, flipback picture sleeve CBS5834)
- The Clash - Remote Control - P/S - UK - 7" vinyl - £25.00, $30.50, €29.00 (New Item) (arrived 10-Jun-2022 13:27)on June 29, 2022 at 7:34 pm
THE CLASH Remote Control (1977 UK solid centre 7" vinyl single, also including a live version of London's Burning recorded in Dunstable [in mono], picture sleeve. The sleeve and vinyl are both in Excellent condition CBS5293)
- The Clash - Rock The Casbah - UK - 7" vinyl - £15.00, $18.30, €17.40 (New Item) (arrived 15-Jun-2022 14:27)on June 29, 2022 at 7:34 pm
THE CLASH Rock The Casbah (1982 UK solid centre 7" vinyl single, also including Long Time Jerk. Both the picture sleeve and vinyl remain in excellent condition A2479)