Paul Simonon's smashed up bass guitar and one of Joe Strummer's lyric notebooks feature as part of an exhibition on London Calling by The Clash.
This winter marks 40 years since the London boundary-breaking punk band's third — and subsequently most lauded — album was released. From 15 November, Museum of London recalls this seminal moment in The Clash's history with a display of personal items, linked with those 'London Calling' days.
The highlight of the exhibition is surely Paul Simonon's Fender Precision bass, which he obliterated on stage in New York in 1979. This moment was captured on camera by Pennie Smith, and later used for the iconic cover for London Calling.
Elsewhere, visitors can ogle intimate photos of The Clash; the notebook in which the lyrics to the song London Calling were first scribbled; the typewriter which Joe Strummer was often to be found bashing out ideas on; and a rare pair of Topper Headon's drum sticks.
Beatrice Behlen, Senior Curator of Fashion and Decorative Arts at the Museum of London, said:
London Calling is The Clash's defining album, a rallying call for Londoners and people around the world. 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.
The Museum of London's Clash exhibition is followed in spring 2020 by a new display exploring London's relationship with dub music and culture.
The Clash: London Calling is at Museum of London from 15 November 2019-spring 2020. Entry is free