I can’t remember walking out of a pensions conference and into a punk gig but that’s what yesterday felt like when I left the PASA conference and walked into the Museum of London.
I was 17 when the album came out and my girlfriend bought me it for my 18th birthday.
I loved the picture of Paul Simenon smashing his bass on the cover. I didn’t think I’d ever see the bass.
You can remix songs on the album, you can read Joe Strummer’s notebooks (London Calling was first Called “the Iceage is coming”
There are Penny Junor photos of the band – wherever you look.
and you get to see the clothes the band wore
It’s like being in their changing room
For anyone lucky enough to see the band at that time , this exhibition will bring back memories. I welled up as I stood here
Thanks Joe, Mick, Paul and Topper. Thanks to the people who curated this and to the Museum of London.
And thanks to Kim, Lesley, Margaret and the other good people of PASA for running their event next to this great exhibition.
It wouldn’t be right not to have the songs on this blog; here’s the whole four sides, slap on your cans, settle down and emerge in an hour a better person.
The exhibition is on till April 19th 2020.