The Clash, London Calling Album Cover, 1979
© Pennie Smith

The Clash, London Calling Album Cover, 1979

By Pennie Smith
About the image
The super-iconic cover shot for The Clash's 1979 album London Calling.  This picture, featuring bassist Paul Simonen smashing his guitar onstage, was taken from the wings backstage at The Palladium in New York City during their 1979 Take The Fifth US Tour.

In 2002, Q Magazine named this image the best Rock 'n' Roll photograph of all time, saying "it captures the ultimate rock'n'roll moment – total loss of control".
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The Clash, London Calling Album Cover, 1979
The Clash, London Calling Album Cover, 1979

 
 
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