The Clash, ‘London Calling’

£4,000.00

By Pennie Smith
New York, U.S.A., 1979
Silver gelatin print hand signed by the photographer
Open edition
Paper size 20h x 16w inches

The photograph immortalised Simonon’s rage in grainy black and white. It was an emotional response, he later said, to a stiff New York audience that sat all night in their seats and didn’t move. ‘You can’t really tell it’s Paul,’ says Smith. ‘But I guess that’s the point.’ Pennie Smith for The Guardian

‘The Palladium was an all-seat venue and the Clash were used to a more raucous crowd. As the band tried to rally their fans to their feet, the bouncers pressured them back to their seats. ‘That frustrated me to the point that I destroyed this bass guitar,’ explained Paul Simonon in a 2011 interview with Fender. ‘Unfortunately you always sort of tend to destroy the things you love.’ The bass was destroyed utterly. But even on the night, the band seemed to be somehow aware of the significance of the act. ‘Strummer took one of the pieces and was about to walk off with it,’ recalled Simonon. ‘I just grabbed it back and said ‘I think that belongs to me.’ Having briefly loaned it the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum in Cleveland, Simonon still has the remains of London Calling bass today.’ Alex Baker for Fender

National Portrait Gallery
The Guardian
Fender
BBC
BBC
Brave World
NME

We bring you closer to the finest pop culture photography. We are offering friends of Proud Galleries the exclusive opportunity to buy from the largest selection of authenticated, limited edition, hand signed or estate embossed photography prints. Contact us to book a viewing at our space in central London or to add any of our fine art prints to your collection.

All fine art photography is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity.
All fine art photography is editioned, signed and/or embossed by the photographer or Estate.
Fine art photography prints are occasionally made to order and delivery usually takes few weeks.
Framing & delivery services are subject to additional fees. We do not ship framed work abroad.
Proud Galleries reserves the right to amend any pricing or information.
Sale for deliveries outside the E.U. and the U.K. operate at a zero-vat rate.

2 in stock

Enquire about The Clash, ‘London Calling’