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 (1988 UK issue 28-track double vinyl compilation LP including The Magnificent Seven, Rock The Casbah, Should I Stay Or Should I Go, Guns Of Brixton, I Fought The Law, [White Man] In Hammersmith Palais, Janie Jones, London Calling and more. The single-pocket picture sleeve shows a little age discolouration/scuffing to top edge but comes with its narrative inners and the vinyl remains in EX condition)
- The Clash - The Cost Of Living EP - UK - 7" vinyl - £25.00, $30.25, €29.00 (New Item) (arrived 08-Sep-2022 09:59)on November 26, 2022 at 8:25 am
THE CLASH The Cost Of Living EP (1979 UK 4-track 7" EP including I Fought The Law, Groovy Times, Capitol Radio & Gates Of The West. Complete with the inner sleeve & the internal pocket gatefold picture sleeve, the sleeve shows minimal wear & the vinyl is near mint)
- The Clash - Should I Stay Or Should I Go - UK - 7" picture disc - £30.00, $36.30, €34.80 (Back In Stock) (arrived 21-Jul-2022 08:21)on November 26, 2022 at 8:25 am
THE CLASH Should I Stay Or Should I Go (1982 UK limited edition AA-side 7" Picture Disc single, also including Straight To Hell, clear PVC sleeve A112646)
- The Clash - Hitsville U.K. - UK - 7" vinyl - £15.00, $18.15, €17.40 (New Item) (arrived 27-Jul-2022 16:12)on November 26, 2022 at 8:25 am
THE CLASH Hitsville U.K. (1980 UK solid centre 7" vinyl single, also including Mikey Dread's Radio One, die-cut picture sleeve CBS9480)
- The Clash - The Singles - US Edition - UK - cd single boxset - £39.99, $48.39, €46.39 (New Item) (arrived 01-Aug-2022 12:59)on November 26, 2022 at 8:25 am
THE CLASH The Singles (2006 US limited edition 19-CD single box set manufactured in the EU, [including the never commercially available NME give-away 'Capital Radio EP'] featuring a total of 64 digitally remastered tracks including bonus recordings from 12”s, Non-UK B-Sides & Rarities. Complete with a 44-page booklet containing extensive sleeve notes & photographs plus contributions from Clash fans including Ian Brown, Bobby Gillespie & Damon Albarn, each disc is housed in a replica of the original sleeve and housed within a camouflage print box in an outer numbered slipcase sleeve displaying artwork by original Clash designer Jules Balme, rounded off nicely with a custom obi-style belly-band and retains its opened shrinkwrap!)