Museum of London to host The Clash: London Calling
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Exclusive free exhibit of over 100 items from the band's archive
The Clash: London Calling
To celebrate this truly London work, the Museum of London will showcase a collection of items from The Clash's personal archive including draft lyrics, stage clothes, photos and films, giving new insight into their recording process and the making of 'London Calling'. The Clash: London Calling, which includes previously unseen items, is a free exhibit, opening on 15th November running to Spring 2020.
'London Calling' was and is a hugely compelling melting pot of musical styles, driven by a passion for action and a fierce desire for social justice. The album's music and lyrics remain as relevant today as they were on release. In addition to showcasing influences and context for the writing and recording of the seminal double album, this new exclusive exhibit at the Museum of London will also examine how the capital influenced The Clash, as they became one of the most influential British bands of the 20th century.
Joe Strummer's note book
Paul Simonon's broken bass guitar
Handwritten album sequence note by Mick Jones
Joe Strummer's typewriter
Topper Headon's drum sticks
The Clash: London Calling is curated by Robert Gordon McHarg III with The Clash and Beatrice Behlen of 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."
Its closing in Spring 2020 will be shortly followed by the opening of a brand new display exploring London's relationship with Dub music and culture as part of its Soundclash season at the Museum of London.
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August 14, 2019 11:00am ET by Museum of London